The task manager is one of the utilities we tend to take for granted. Maybe that’s because it’s an essential tool for every mobile device, or because the stores are full with these kind of apps. But not all of them are identical. Every now and then, a new one pops up and mesmerizes us with cool features or a slick user interface. MarkO, your new best task buddy, does both of them.
MarkO is a new take on the regular task manager. It’s developed by CodeWell Unlimited, and though it’s still in early stages of development, it has the guts to replace your existing app for handling tasks. It uses your location to remind you of your incomplete tasks, rather than a specified date and time, reminding you whenever you come into a certain radius of the specified location.
Design and functionality
The developers did a great job designing this app. It looks beautiful, with flat, eye-popping colors and nice animations. It follows the new Material design concepts and thus it blends well with the Android app ecosystem.
The app has a main screen, where your unfinished tasks are displayed, a pull menu, from which you can navigate to the Settings panel and the other screens. To add a new task, click the Add button on the Action bar. That opens up a new view where you can specify your task and add a location for it.
You can share your newly created tasks with your friends at any time, by clicking the Share button. To clear a task, simply swipe it to the right or press the Clear button under it.
When you get near to the location of a task, MarkO automatically notifies you with a notification, from which you can directly mark the task completed, or show the location on Maps.
MarkO lets you invite your friends to use it and share activities with them. By going to The gang menu, you can see which of your friends are on MarkO, the groups you are involved with and the friends you can invite to MarkO. You can send invites via email, SMS or with whichever app that suits you.
No app is complete without a Settings menu. MarkO indeed allows you to change its character. You alter the notification frequency, as well as the notification radius to your preference. There’s also the My Profile page, where you have access to your personal details.
A very cool feature of MarkO is that the instance something new happens, it momentarily synchronizes the new content with the cloud.
As good as MarkO is, it’s not perfect. And let’s face it – no app is perfect. During the testing period, I’ve experienced numerous force-closes when trying to add a new task, and sometimes, it would crash without doing anything. There have been occasional freezes here and there, but other than that, I’ve been pleased with this app.
MarkO’s goal is to rethink the way the task manager works. It introduces a new location reminder system and ditches the old and time based. And it works good. It may not be everyone’s cup of cake, but I dearly suggest to all of you to try MarkO, at least for a week. You won’t be disappointed!