New Android app: ICSReader
After having ranted quite a bit about the lack of support for standards-based calendars and PIM in Android, I decided to implement something myself, to at least get it to a level where an Android phone would be of use to me. Since we have a functioning iCalendar export from our Oracle Collaboration Suite calendar at work, I decided to start out writing a parser for that. ICSReader is the result.
The software does a bit more than just read iCalendar files by now, and since it’s reached the critical junction where I want to expand the functionality significantly, the time has come where it gets its very first version number: 0.1
The very first version, 0.1, has the following features:
- Imports an ICS file into a local database from an HTTP URL
- Display of current events (ongoing, as well as -10/+30 minutes)
- Display of the events of the next 48 hours
- Display of events on a day by day basis
- Detail display for each event
More importantly, it lacks the following features:
- Support for multiple iCalendar sources
- Support for individual ICS files, for instance from emails (via Intents)
- A week view
- A month view
- Notifications, alarms, participants, GPS integration, peace on earth, end to world hunger, etc. etc.
The observant reader will have noticed that I have yet to provide a link to this software. Currently, it’s only been built for Android 2.0, and while it may serve a purpose for some people in need of an iCalendar reader, it is not yet sufficiently polished for me to feel comfortable in publishing it. If you happen to need it, post a comment, and I might well reconsider and post a usable build. Otherwise, I am going to work towards a new version with at the least support for multiple iCalendar sources before releasing it.
Got some new features you really want in an Android calendar application? Post a comment, and I’ll have a look.
Update: I released the app.