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Mobile Doodle relaunched

December 18, 2013

For quite some time, we’ve been receiving feedback from our users about the lack of the table view on the mobile version of our website. Many of you have requested it because it offers a much better overview of who is available and when.

Well, we’re happy to say that we’ve now brought the unique table view to Mobile Doodle. We’ve also updated the interface, which makes Mobile Doodle much clearer and more like an app. Check it out!

It’s important to note that only newer phones and specific browsers are supported yet. We’ll add support for more devices over the next couple of weeks. Also, Mobile Doodle focuses on the basic features of Doodle, so if you need access to additional features, please check out our iOS and Android apps.

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Doodle on Android: The Sequel

October 9, 2013

A little over a year ago, we retired our Android app, but thanks to the ongoing requests from our users to bring it back, we’ve decided to relaunch an improved version of the Android app, and you can now download it from Google Play.

The app is based on our successful iOS app that has been around for more than three years. It includes a greatly improved user experience that is optimized for Android phones and tablets.

Here are the features that you’ll be able to enjoy:

  • Easily participate in any poll by tapping on its participation link anywhere on your phone (e.g. in Mail)
  • Initiate and track meeting requests from your phone, wherever you are
  • Invite participants using your phone’s address book
  • Optimized result view suggesting the best option for your meeting
  • Communicate with participants using the comments feature
  • Quick participation with the “All Options” or “None of the Options” button
  • Easy access and overview from your dashboard
  • Connect your Doodle account to stay in sync with your Web dashboard
  • Poll administrator functionality
  • Integrated with the local(!) calendar on the mobile phone

Mobile Doodle is still available for free through a Web browser, but we offer our paid mobile apps for advanced users who want access to more features. The Android app is charged on a yearly basis.

Download the app now and let us know what you think!

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Doodle Android app screenshot

Why we will retire our Android app

August 29, 2012

Yesterday we announced that we will retire our Android app. The announcement triggered a wave of feedback. We appreciate the comments, and we wanted to give you some more background information about why we decided to retire the app.

First of all, Doodle is a lean company with a team of 12 people running, engineering, and marketing a service that is used by more than 10 million users worldwide each month. That’s why we need to be extremely focused in our activities. For our mobile services, that means that we implement the non-native version internally (m.doodle.com) and rely on partners for development of native apps.

We developed the native Android app with our partners at Acrea. At the time, it was an important project for them and we were full of expectations. It turned out that the app did not fulfill those expectations entirely. It has achieved decent adoption in the 20 months since the launch, but it has not had the massive propagation that we had hoped for. Instead, it created a significant support effort, and the primarily ad-based business model has not been a sufficient incentive to continue to maintain and extend the app for us or Acrea.

It’s not about Android vs. iOS. The reason why we’re keeping the native iOS app is that our partner Neoos has agreed to continue working on it, which is in a large part fueled by the fact that the iOS apps are paid apps that generate noticeable monthly revenue.

Now, we know that not all of you love m.doodle.com, but we believe that it is well-suited for the requirements of mobile devices and we are committed to improving it further. With that in mind, please send us your input about how we can improve it!

Thanks for your understanding and your support!

Here’s a quick Q&A regarding the questions we hear most frequently about the Android app and the mobile Web version:

Q: I don’t trust browsers to save my password.
A: You do not have to save your password and user name in your browser. You just sign in once and we remember that you logged in. We also do not save your credentials, but instead, we store an encrypted identification.

Q: I don’t want to login each time.
A: See above.

Q: I want to access the tabular display.
A: Use the “desktop” link at the bottom of the page to access the normal view, including the table.

Q: I want to see the names of the poll participants.
A: Click the people icon at the top to see the names.

Q: Doodle does not work with Opera Turbo turned on.
A: We are in contact with Opera and they have promised to resolve the issue.

Android app to be retired

August 28, 2012

The mobile usage of Doodle grows rapidly and we’ve invested a lot in the mobile interfaces, namely the mobile Web version and the iOS app. And while Doodle’s Android app was a great success in terms of downloads it wasn’t as intensely used as we expected. That’s why we decided to retire the Android app in favor of the mobile Web version and to free up resources for other projects that make scheduling even easier. Instead of the app, you can use the mobile Web version on your Android smartphone – it has the same features as the Android app and more, calendar integration for instance.

What does this mean for you?

  • You don’t need to do anything.
  • You won’t lose any data. If you used MyDoodle in the app, you will see all information and polls on your dashboard.
  • To retain a one-click button to access Doodle, you can add a bookmark to the homescreen of your smartphone (see how).
  • We are going to stop redirecting from Mobile Doodle to the Android app by October 1st. And we stop providing end-user support for the Android app today.
  • If you want to switch to m.doodle.com already today, you can delete the app. If you do so, please delete also the Doodle cookies in your browser in order not to be redirected to the (no longer installed) Android app.
  • The users of any other “Doodle” app on Android should know that there’s no official Doodle Android app any more and you might want to use mobile Doodle instead. You can also withdraw access rights to these apps if you have installed one (see how).

Important information to all users of our iOS app: there are no plans to retire this app.

And finally, we’d like to thank our partner Acrea for the great collaboration!

 

Get more information in an Update.

Access rights don’t expire any longer

August 14, 2012

With our latest release, access rights for third party applications (so-called OAuth tokens) don’t expire any longer at Doodle. This is an advantage for the following users:

In these cases, users remain logged in constantly. They no longer need to do recurring, cumbersome renewals of their login status.

Instead, we now offer our users a way to revoke access rights in the “Manage account” section of MyDoodle.

This change has no effect for all other forms of calendar integration or m.doodle.com because they are not independent applications.

 

Doodle comes to the iPad

July 12, 2012

Mobile scheduling has become very popular, and we’ve certainly noticed this trend. Because of that, we’re happy to announce that we’ve updated the iPhone app, and it’s also now optimized for the iPad. This new app is able to deliver almost all of Doodle’s features on these mobile devices.

Download or update now (iTunes).

Participation: Tabular view (iPhone)

The app (created by our partner Neoos) is much more advanced than any previous mobile version of Doodle:

  • Tabular and list view
  • Landscape and portrait mode for all views
  • Calendar integration
  • Sortable dashboard (a feature that desktop users will be jealous of)
  • All admin functions (poll options, close poll, etc.)
  • Optimized accessibility
  • Further information on the app

On the iPad, Doodle doesn’t just look like the iPhone version. Instead, it uses the large screen to provide additional scheduling information.

Participation: List view with connected calendar (iPad)

While the paid app (US$2.99 or €2.39) offers a new way to use Doodle, our standard mobile, Android app and desktop Web versions continue to provide a great Doodle experience, as well. It’s up to you to decide which options work best for your scheduling needs.

Mobile Doodle gets a boost

September 1, 2011

Today is the day when we proudly release our new mobile version, which includes an updated mobile Web interface that is optimized for modern smartphones, as well as some other mobile-specific features.

The new Mobile Doodle ensures smooth handling on the touch screen, show all relevant information concisely and features almost all of Doodle’s functionality, including:

  • Create polls
  • Send invitations via the mobile email client, Twitter, or Facebook
  • Comment on polls
  • Edit your own participation
  • Close poll and pick final time
  • MyDoodle dashboard
  • Premium Doodle (no ads)
  • Calendar connect (view your calendar data during poll creation and participation)

If you haven’t connected your calendar with Doodle yet, then the new mobile version is definitely a reason to do so because having a connected calendar simplifies both creating and answering meeting invitations due to the fact that you’ll always see when your schedule has open time slots.

The ability to select your current location as the meeting place is one of the mobile-specific features that isn’t included in the standard Web version. As an added bonus, you can also directly contact participants via telephone or email by just clicking on their names when the information was collected during the poll participation (requires Premium Doodle). This is useful when people don’t show up for a meeting or you need to change the meeting location at the last minute.

The complete mobile redesign is a natural next step because of the redesign of our standard Web version and skyrocketing mobile usage. It’s easy to see that smartphones are being widely distributed at a very high level*. We also see this in the usage of Doodle, which has had a threefold increase per year in the last two years. Not only does this change people’s communication habits, but it also shows website providers that users have clear mobile expectations. For example, our own research shows that the main usability demand of mobile users is that websites be optimized for their smartphones.

We actively support and have tested the mobile version on IE9, WebKit (iPhone, Safari, BlackBerry 6 and later, Nokia S60 and later), Opera 6 and later, and Firefox 4. We also provide native apps for the iPhone and Android.

The new design was done by virtuallyhandmade, and they’re the same company that redesigned Doodle’s standard Web version.

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Poll initiate w/ optional geolocation

Date select: small bars indicate availability

Poll participation w/ calendar context

*Latest figures: Smartphone sales up 74% in Q2 2011 vs. Q2 2010 (Gartner, Inc. – August 2011)

Super basic, mobile beta, calendar ads, and intro film

July 28, 2011

We released the new beta version of the mobile participation page last month, and yesterday we added the poll creation wizard, too. On any modern* mobile device, you can now go through the whole process of creating a poll, inviting participants, participating, and closing a poll. Visit m.doodle.com or go to Doodle.com on your mobile phone and select “Switch to new Mobile Doodle BETA”. We’re looking forward to getting your feedback!

We also launched a super basic desktop version of Doodle’s participation page that can be helpful if you use an older browser that doesn’t support the regular Doodle user interface. With this version, you can always be 100% sure that everyone will be able to answer a Doodle invitation no matter what software they use.

Users in Switzerland might also see a new form of advertising because we’re now experimenting with calendar ads. These ads will give advertisers the ability to promote events directly in Doodle polls in a chronological way.

Watch also the new intro film that was created during our video contest!

*We support IE9, WebKit (iPhone, Safari, BlackBerry 6 and later, Nokia S60 and later), Opera 6 and later, and Firefox 4 and later. We can’t guarantee perfect operation on all other / older software.

Beta Release of Mobile Doodle Redesign

June 29, 2011

Doodle’s mobile versions are very popular and the number of people who are using the mobile Web version (Mobile Doodle) and the iPhone and Android apps is growing faster than the number of people who are using the classic Web version.

We’re currently working on a complete redesign of Mobile Doodle that is similar to the recent Doodle redesign, and you can now check out some of the changes by selecting “Try our new design (BETA)” on our mobile website.

These are some of the more important new features:

  • New user interface for the home page, participation page, and the MyDoodle dashboard
  • Calendar Connect gives you access to your calendar information available when using Mobile Doodle
  • Consolidated view of the poll participation page that shows all other participants and your personal calendar information
  • State-of-the-art technology like HTML5 and CSS3 as well as our own small JavaScript framework

Give it a try and let us know what you think — thanks!

A special thanks goes to Research In Motion (BlackBerry) and Nokia for providing our test devices.

 

Survey: mobile devices become efficiency tools

March 31, 2011

Classic mobile phones are becoming extinct and smartphone users tend to be online more than an hour per day. Mobile devices evolve to tools for organizational tasks like the administration of the calendar, contacts and emails. And: users are more annoyed by websites that aren’t optimized for mobile devices than by mobile ads. These are the major findings of our survey on mobile usage that was answered by more than 1,400 Doodle users – and give clear signals to website operators.

The use of Doodle’s mobile versions is growing rapidly according to our records. That’s why we created this survey and it’s also why we’ve been quite surprised by the fact that so many users didn’t know about our mobile versions (see below). The survey was conducted in the US, Germany, Switzerland, and some other countries in March of this year. Here are the results in more detail:

Most respondents used a touchscreen smartphone (41%) followed by smartphones without touchscreens (36%) and “normal” mobile phones (23%) (see chart 1). Dominating among the smartphones was the iPhone (49%) and other major mobile systems included in the survey were Android (28%) and BlackBerry (11%).

Chart 1: What type of mobile phone do you mainly use? (N=1,425)

Almost all of the smartphone users also go online with their devices (95%) and 20% of the users with a traditional mobile phone. They spend an average active online usage time (without background tasks) of more than one hour per day (68 minutes) when waiting, at home, on the run, at work, and when commuting (see chart 2).

Chart 2: When do you most frequently go online with your mobile phone? (N=1,065; multiple answers possible)

Getting directions is the task that’s most frequently performed on the mobile phone (50%) compared to the computer or tablet (29%). About half of the respondents administer their calendar (56%) and contacts (55%) and read news (50%) on the mobile phone or equally on both the phone and the computer. Reading and answering emails has a high share of usage on phones and computers (42%). Task administration (54%) and the process of setting up Doodle requests (75%) are still mainly performed on the computer (see chart 3).

Chart 3: On which devices do you predominantly perform the following tasks? (N=1,052)

When asked about the most annoying thing about being online with a mobile device, the most frequent answer was visiting websites that aren’t optimized for mobile phones, which should be a clear message for companies with websites. Other drawbacks are more related to the mobile phones themselves or the network. Mobile ads don’t seem to be overwhelmingly annoying when surfing on a phone (see chart 4).

Chart 4: What annoys you the most when you're online with your mobile phone? (N=1,023; multiple answers possible)

Many respondents didn’t know about the mobile versions of Doodle (84%), which may explain their relatively low usage. The iPhone app (31%) dominates the different mobile versions and is followed by the mobile Web version (28%), the Android app (25%), and the normal Web version (16%) (see chart 5).

Chart 5: Which version of Doodle do you mainly use on your mobile phone? (N=296)

Three-quarters of the mobile users (76%) rated Doodle’s mobile applications as good or very good and only one-tenth of all respondents (9%) don’t think it’s important that Doodle offers a mobile version of the service. These results show us the huge potential of mobile Doodle and give us ideas about where changes can be made.

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