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May 11, 2011

Google Tasks API

Just when you thought that Google Tasks was abandoned, Google releases an API for Google Tasks. "The Google Tasks API provides developers with a powerful set of API endpoints for searching, reading, and updating Google Tasks content and metadata." Developers will be able to create applications for mobile devices, software that integrates Google Tasks with Outlook and other apps using an official API and a proper authentication mechanism.

Google Tasks has a lot to improve before becoming as powerful as Remember the Milk and it's surprising that the missing features aren't added faster. In January, Google listed some of the most common feature requests: repeating tasks, notifications, task sharing, tasks API, synchronization, visual distinction for overdue tasks. The Tasks API is the first feature that's now available.


{ via Kristian. }

18 comments:

  1. At least it opens up the possibility of integrating Tasks into Google Docs now; when and if they finally make it possible for users to make their own apps for Docs.

    Personally, I still prefer Todo.ly, but Remember the Milk seems interesting. Thanks for posting the link!

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  2. Хороший комментарий, Alexander.
    Переводил через http://translate.google.com.

    Отличным дополнением было бы и на Android. Ага?

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  3. I've never used Todo.ly, but I highly recommend Remember The Milk. Great Google integration (built in Gmail app, great Android app) and natural language for adding tasks. It's a very Googly app, and I'm kind of suprised Google didn't just buy them during their acquisition spree last year.

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  4. Google Tasks is already excellent. Integrates seamlessly with Google Calendar, Gmail and multiple Android apps. I never got the idea that they'd abandon it. Hope they don't as I use it all the time!!!

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    1. Already "excellent"... what are you smoking?

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  5. I've been a Tasks user ever since it first came out. I was ecstatic when it graduated from Calendar Labs, saddened when it seemed like the company was abandoning the effort, and am now extremely happy that they are trying to reinvigorate the feature. I've been using GTasks by Dato on my Android phone(s) to get some of the basic features everyone has been clamoring for, like recurring tasks and the ability to see all lists. Hopefully the release of the API will mean some more options pop up soon! :)

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  6. Thanks you! This will help the app I use for iPhone GeeTasks Pro.

    I love Google!

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  7. I lost hope with Tasks, particularly the lack of hierarchical lists. I've found GQueues has filled the gap much better than RTM. It's particularly well integrated for Google Apps users and now has a mobile version.

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  8. problem with Google's google tasks is no notification.

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  9. Have a look at checklist.com. Has a much better API and you also have the great templates

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  10. synchronization w/ thunderbird/lightning would be crucial

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  11. To sync thunderbird/lightning and Google Tasks you can use Memotoo

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  12. I'm trying out iRT GTasks Outliner BETA http://www.irtgtasksoutliner.com/ on Android that syncs with GTasks. Looks good so far. :-)

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  13. The best android app for Google tasks is GTO- Google Tasks Organized by Tinjasoft.
    I am extremely satisfied.

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  14. Toto, I'm trying to use Memotoo. Hope, my dream will be fullfilled :)

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  15. Google tasks does not have the features I REQUIRE...repeating tasks, notifications, overdue reminders, etc. Google Tasks hasn't been updated or improved in years!!! I also want my task manager connected to my calendar and more, such as Outlook or Thunderbird's Lightning.

    After three years trying to get this to work with my Android phone...I DO NOT understand why it is so difficult. Keeping in Sync with Outlook is difficult and requires two or more special apps and accounts. And there is NOTHING for Lightning. What the hell??? Why are the hundreds of thousands of us that need our task managers from these "industry leading" software apps left cold for Android and others?

    My patience with Google and Android are gone.

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  16. I just installed this Android app: Tasks N Todos - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.handyapps.tasksntodos. Syncs with Google Tasks and adds also a lot of features for nomadic users. Good UI.

    Anyway, Google should take better care of it's Tasks service.

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  17. It is mandatory for Google to come up with a stable, well defined Tasks API, so that this functionality becomes available in many applications (like Thunderbird). Lots of people I know remain in Outlook & Exchange world because in the Google world they can´t get the Calendar-Contacts-Tasks set.

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