Any.do

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Any.do
Any.do logo.png
Operating systemAndroid
iOS
Google Chrome App
Web browser Mac Alexa Chrome app Apple Watch Wear OS
TypeProductivity
Task management
Calendar Assistant Grocery list Reminders
LicenseFreemium
Websitewww.any.do

Any.do is a platform designed to increase productivity and management. Any.do launched its to-do list and task list app in November 2011 on Android followed by complementary apps for iOS and Chrome[1] in 2012, as well as a web app and a premium subscription model in 2014.[2] By November 2013, Any.do reached over 7M users,[3] over 10 million users in March 2014, and 15 million in November 2016. In November 2016, the company launched Any.do 4, that combined the a to do list, a calendar, and a part AI part human personal assistant that can complete users tasks in a single app.[4] In 2017, the company announced a partnership with Amazon Alexa and Slack.

Any.do had a touch only interface until a medium post was shared with the company by Adam Kimball highlighting flaws. Adam was awarded lifetime premium membership within the company for any.do and all future products. Any.do soon rolled out a desktop version of their website that worked without requiring touch screen, and improved the team sharing features.

In 2018, the company launched a smart grocery list and shopping list feature as well as integration with Google Assistant and Siri. In 2019 Any.do announced integration with Zapier, a intergration service via Twitter

Any.do was co-founded by Omer Perchik, Itay Kahana, and Yoni Lindenfeld. It has offices in both Tel Aviv and San Francisco.

History[edit]

Prior to Any.do, co-founders Omer Perchik, Itay Kahana and Yoni Lindenfeld launched a simpler version of the app on Android called Taskos.[5] By 2010, Taskos had 1.3 million users and served as a test version for what would eventually become Any.do.[6] The company opened development offices in Tel Aviv, Israel and opened its business headquarters in San Francisco, California in 2012.[7] In November 2013, the company released a study revealing the mobile habits of their most productive “super users”.[8]

Products[edit]

Any.do app[edit]

Any.do’s namesake to-do list app was released first on Android, and had 500,000 downloads in its first 30 days after launch.[9][10] It was later released on iOS in June 2012 and reached another milestone with 100,000 iPhone downloads in its first day on the platform.[11] By November 2016 they hit 15 million users.[12]

Functions[edit]

To-do list / Task management:

  • Create, edit, delete tasks and lists[13]
  • Share lists and assign tasks[14]
  • Voice input, including integration with Siri and Amazon Echo.[13][15]
  • Auto-suggest feature with predictive text[16]
  • Reminders - one time, recurring and location-based reminders[16]
  • Real-time sync across all of a user's devices[12][13]
  • Missed Call feature (Android Only)
  • Grocery list / Shopping list feature that:
    • Sorts your items by aisles (yes, really!) - Allow you to create multiple lists for different stores - Auto-detects grocery items and allows you to move them to the right list - Makes it easy to share your grocery lists with anyone - Copy online recipe ingredients into your clipboard and the list would help you import and sort them automatically - Already works in 10 different languages - Works seamlessly with Alexa Shopping list / Alexa Grocery list.

Prioritization/planning:

  • The Any.do Moment prompts users to make a habit of morning task planning. (Created after the founders found this to be a common practice among highly productive users of the app.) [17]
  • Using drag and drop tasks and lists can be reordered, and given different levels of priority
  • Task notifications can be snoozed.

Calendar (new in v4.0, replacing the separate Cal app):

  • Daily, weekly, and monthly view of combined tasks and events.
  • Integrates with phone calendar and Facebook calendar
  • Assign tasks to calendar events and merge to-do items with specific meetings.[18]
  • Calendar widget

Delegating to an Assistant (new in v4.0)

  • The Any.do Assistant uses an algorithm to scan to-do lists for items it can help with, marking the tasks directly on the screen. If the user wants, they tap the Assistant symbol and get connected to a combination of AI bots and supervising humans to get tasks like getting groceries or cleaning the house done for them.[12]

Cal app (deprecated)[edit]

Any.do released their second app, Cal for iPhone, in July 2013.[19] Cal for Android was later released in December 2013.[20] Like Any.do, Cal is an interactive, gesture-based calendar app with social integrations. Unlike other calendar apps, Cal helps users focus on the immediate schedule of their day and find pockets of free time for personal use.[21] Cal's scheduling and productivity features include:

  • Instant location recommendations based on meeting address[22]
  • Auto-suggest feature with predictive text[16]
  • Google and Waze map integrations[23]
  • Uber feature for booking a ride to meetings[24]
  • Cloud sync across all of a user's devices[18]
  • Amazon and Gifts.com integration for buying event gifts (iPhone only)[23]

Cal also integrates with the original Any.do task app and allows users to automatically populate their calendars with relevant tasks by date and event.[25]

Design[edit]

On October 9, 2013, The Verge reported Any.do to be the one of the main inspirations behind Jony Ive's iOS 7 redesign, and others have noted its similarities to the revamped Apple operating system.[26][27]

Funding[edit]

Any.do announced $1 million in angel funding in November 2011.[9]

By May 2013 the company had raised $3.5 million from Genesis Partners, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Blumberg Capital, Joe Lonsdale of Palantir Technologies, Brian Koo of Formation 8, Joe Greenstein of Flixter, and Felicis Ventures.[28] The company raised additional unannounced funding from a group of strategic investors including Jerry Yang of AME Cloud Ventures and Steve Chen of YouTube, among others, by October of that same year.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pierce, David (June 3, 2012). "Any.do task manager launches for iOS and Chrome, now syncs across platforms (hands-on)". The Verge.
  2. ^ "Any.do To-Do App Now Available on the Web". PC Magazine. May 22, 2014.
  3. ^ Vozza, Stephanie (Nov 18, 2013). "5 Habits of Productivity App Super Users". Entrepreneur.
  4. ^ "The Next Evolution of Productivity".
  5. ^ Miller, Tessa (Oct 10, 2013). "I'm Omer Perchik, and This Is the Story Behind Any.do". Lifehacker.
  6. ^ Van Grove, Jennifer (Nov 10, 2011). "Collaborative to-do app Any.do puts Reminders to shame". Venturebeat.
  7. ^ Gannes, Liz (June 4, 2012). "Well-Liked Android Task List Any.DO Comes to iPhone and Chrome". All Things D.
  8. ^ "5 Habits of Productivity App Super Users". Reuters. Nov 18, 2013. Retrieved Dec 23, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Perez, Sarah (Nov 10, 2011). "Any.DO Launches A Social To Do List App With $1 Million In Funding". TechCrunch.
  10. ^ Schonfeld, Erick (Dec 12, 2011). "Any.DO Android App Downloaded 500,000 Times In 30 Days". TechCrunch.
  11. ^ Perez, Sarah (Jun 5, 2012). "Any.DO's To-Do List App Hits 100,000 iOS Downloads In 24 Hours". TechCrunch.
  12. ^ a b c Pierce, David. "Any.do's Assistant Puts a Chat Bot to Work on Your To Do List". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  13. ^ a b c Messieh, Nancy (Dec 19, 2011). "Any.DO is the only productivity Android app you'll ever need". The Next Web.
  14. ^ Piltch, Avram (March 1, 2012). "Any.DO App Beams Tasks to Friends, Follows Up on Missed Calls". LAPTOP Magazine.
  15. ^ Seifert, Dan. "Amazon's Echo gets proper to-do support with new Any.Do integration". The Verge. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  16. ^ a b c Duffy, Jill (June 7, 2013). "Any.do (for iPhone)". PC Mag.
  17. ^ Baer, Drake (June 3, 2013). "When do apps become rituals?". Fast Company.
  18. ^ a b Henry, Alan (July 11, 2013). "Cal, the Calendar App from the Team at Any.DO, Is Available Now". Lifehacker.
  19. ^ Tofel, Kevin C. (July 11, 2013). "Book an appointment to the App Store: Any.Do's Cal just launched for iOS". GigaOm.
  20. ^ Yeung, Ken (Dec 4, 2013). "Any.do's Cal smart calendar app lands on Android". The Next Web.
  21. ^ Fiegerman, Seth (July 11, 2013). "Any.DO's Calendar App Helps You Find More Free Time". Mashable.
  22. ^ Grey, Melissa (July 2013). "With Cal, Any.DO hopes to bring its productivity magic to calendars (hands-on)". Engadget. Retrieved Dec 23, 2013.
  23. ^ a b Moon, Mariella (Oct 2013). "Any.DO's Cal app scores Uber, Waze and Google Maps integration (updated)". Engadget. Retrieved Dec 23, 2013.
  24. ^ Pinola, Melanie (Oct 8, 2013). "Cal from Any.DO Now Integrates with Google Maps, Waze, Amazon and More". Lifehacker.
  25. ^ Nieva, Richard (June 6, 2013). "Any.do announces Cal, a proudly not-so-smart calendar app". PandoDaily.
  26. ^ a b Newton, Casey (Oct 9, 2013). "Taskmasters: how Israeli intelligence officers helped inspire the look of iOS 7". The Verge.
  27. ^ Fiegerman, Seth (June 11, 2013). "iOS 7 Updates Look a Little Too Familiar to Some Apple Developers". Mashable.
  28. ^ Perez, Sarah (May 13, 2013). "Intelligent To Do List App Any.DO Raises $3.5 Million, Will Further Expand Into Personal Productivity Space". TechCrunch.

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