Mountain Lion and Android

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by ANTONkoolaid, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. ANTONkoolaid macrumors member

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    Hey I was just wondering if any of you know about syncing options between notes, reminders, and messages with Android phones. Don't want to give up my Galaxy Nexus for an iPhone quite yet...
     
  2. hafr macrumors 68030

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    Say you have a Gmail account. Add it in System Preferences > Mail, Contacts & Calendars. Now tick the two boxes Calendars & Reminders, and Notes. In the apps, make sure to use the Gmail lists.

    You're welcome ;)
     
  3. ANTONkoolaid thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright I get that, but how do I see reminders I create on my phone on my mac or vice versa? Or notes?

    Is there some "reminders" or "notes" app for Android that I'm not aware of?
     
  4. matt2053 macrumors 6502a

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    Notes and Reminders created in OSX sync to iCloud. There aren't any iCloud apps for Android.
     
  5. ANTONkoolaid thread starter macrumors member

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    Dang, I need to get me an iPhone.
     
  6. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816

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    I use iCal 'calendar' and syncs with my Gmail calendar for my Galaxy S2 LTE perfectly. I use that to remind me of appointments and etc or pick up groceries...
     
  7. Death-T macrumors regular

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    There may be third party apps that provide the same functionality that will work between your Mac and Android, but Mac OS X's stock Notes and Reminders apps won't sync with its Android counterparts. Of course you can view your gmail via the Mail client on your Mac though. I'm not sure if there is a Chrome app on the Android market, but Firefox will sync bookmarks and stuff between Android and PC if you're inclined to use that browser. Like you said, if you really wanna get the most out of Mountain Lion then you'll need an iOS device, but if Android is your preferred platform than I guess you'll just have to weigh the advantages. I don't even use my Notes/Reminders sync that much, though Airplay (with Apple TV) is pretty nifty.
     
  8. Dolorian macrumors 65816

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    For Notes you could go with Evernote. It is free, syncs everything and the app is available for Mac and Android.
     
  9. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    iCloud web. You must wait til iOS6 though.
     
  10. Death-T macrumors regular

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    My iPhone 4S running iOS 5 already syncs Notes and Reminders with Mountain Lion, or am I thinking about something else? :confused:
     
  11. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    "how do I see reminders I create on my (Android) phone on my mac". Hence create it and view it on iCloud web.
     
  12. hafr, Jul 31, 2012
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    If you have your computer set to sync with your Gmail account, anything you create on your phone in these calendars and so on will sync to your computer and vice versa.

    If you're asking which specific apps you should use, I don't know since I've never used an Android phone that way. But I would assume pretty much every single Calendar app, Notes app and Reminders app would do the trick.
     
  13. sarah11918 macrumors member

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    I use a few of 3rd party apps for synching notes between Mac and Android (I'm still on Snow Leopard - I'll be getting a new MBA in the next couple of months and see whether any of the new ML features are useful for Android compatibility.) I'm also interested in what people have to say about Android compatibility, as I just assumed that I'd ignore much of what's in ML and continue relying on my 3rd party apps.

    It depends on the type of info to sync, but here are lots of 3rd party options that do work well, so you may want to check out some of these and see how they stack up against the built in features:

    - Simplenote - it's a free web synching service, but there are quite a few apps (some paid, some free) that use it. Mac apps include JustNotes, MetaNota, Notational Velocity. (A comparison of some of the options here) For Android, I've ended up using Notational Acceleration. This is good for text-based notes, reminders you would quickly leave yourself, or I use it as a lightweight word processor for short pieces I'm writing. It has tags for organization, so I use this for items that tend to stick around medium-term, not just for super quick to-do/reminders. Some of my notes there right now are: speech I'm working on for sister's wedding, various flight options & prices for an upcoming trip, list of new tv fall previews to keep an eye out for, list of apps to install on this laptop before giving it to my niece etc.

    - Wunderlist - If your notes/reminders are pretty short, to-do lists, and especially if they're shared with others, I love Wunderlist. We use a shared list for our shopping list. Either one of us can add to it, and either one of us can tick items off. It's not as full-featured as something like Hiveminder (next) where you can assign tasks to people, hide tasks for a certain amount of time etc. But some people do find it full-featured enough to be their main to-do app. Apps for both Mac and Android exist and work well.

    - Hiveminder - This is our main, long-term, full-featured, keep track of everything system. It's web-based (or email-based), but there's a "Brain Dump" Android app that lets you get items quickly into the system, then you can add more to your tasks later. You can create separate groups, organize with tags/categories, assign other people tasks, track and report progress, hide until a particular date... it's a full GTD solution but also works well for quick reminders. I use the Brain Dump on Android for my quick reminders and I have it set up to email me a list of my to-dos every day.

    Evernote - This is more for information that I come across and want to keep rather than info I create. The Chrome Evernote clip extension lets you clip any web page into any one of your notebooks. The Android app (with Premium paid account) allows you to designate notebooks as offline accessible. So it's a great way to sync complex info (pictures, URLS, entire web pages), but I personally find it a bit much for creating quick notes/reminders. I think of it more as a filing cabinet. Hubby uses it as a receipt inbox, so he'll take a picture of a receipt with the Android Evernote phone app and add a comment to it. Then on the laptop, he'll clean out those notes. I'll typically use Hiveminder for that.

    I'd be interested in hearing whether other people abandon 3rd party apps after switching to ML, or whether people find that these 3rd party apps work better for synching with Android.
     
  14. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    If you added a gmail account to your mac, and have it sync notes, it puts those notes into gmail as emails to no one with the tag "notes". Should be pretty easy for some android dev to write an app to read those notes properly.
     
  15. ANTONkoolaid thread starter macrumors member

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    4G, bigger screen and maps and I'm sold on the next iPhone.
     
  16. Crystalinxn macrumors newbie

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    There are third party apps can help you.

    For notes, you can use iNotes and for reminders, you can use Reminder For iCloud/iOS/iPhone. Both can be downloaded at Google Play and they all can sync between iOS and Android. :)

    Here comes the link for your reference: https://play.google.com/store/apps/...51bGwsMSwxLDEwMiwidXMuZG9wbHVzLnJlbWluZGVyIl0.
     

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