Category Archives: Doodle features

Doodle beta continues improving

We are thrilled to announce some new enhancements to the beta version of Doodle which have been released yesterday. Invites via email and some significant performance improvements continue to make Doodle even faster and better. Head over to beta.doodle.com and directly try out the latest version yourself!

Doodle has been providing a simple and easy way to decide on dates, places and in fact almost anything for over ten years and is in the process of moving to a newly redesigned version. Whilst giving Doodle a new look we are also improving on the tasks people perform most often when on our site, making them even quicker and easier.

Invite participants via email

After creating a poll, you can now invite participants directly via their email addresses.

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In addition to typing email addresses, you can also copy and paste a list of emails. If you share your poll via email with more than one person, make sure to separate the addresses with commas or new lines.

Step by step to a faster Doodle 

When you create or participate in a poll , the first page loads over a second quicker (more in some cases) than it did before. Our goal is to make Doodle so fast that you don’t even notice any loading – we’re not quite there yet, but this is a big step in the right direction.

We are continuously improving our beta Doodle. Head over to beta.doodle.com to check our out latest enhancements yourself. If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, don’t hesitate to mail us at jule@doodle.com.

Doodle wishes you Happy Scheduling! 📧 😃

On the Cutting Edge: Android Instant Apps at Doodle

Get your mobile out – at least if it runs on Android – and look what we’ve got for you! We are among the first ones Google allowed to implement the new Android Instant App feature. It’s now available for all our Android users!

Google’s Android Instant App technology was introduced last year. It enables you to use certain parts of a native App without having to download it. We’ve been testing the beta version during the last couple of months and now we have it live for you. Give it a spin!

If you happen to be reading this article on your Android phone, try it out immediately by clicking on the following link: https://doodle.com/create

What advantages do I have with the Instant App?

You will immediately notice the improved usability. While mobile websites look the same for both Android and the iPhone, Instant Apps were developed specifically for Android and deliver the same native app experience. It features both the natural interaction elements of a real Android App and its high performance.

That means that even if you’re reluctant to download our app (actually, why would you…?), you can still create polls with the great user experience of a native App. This makes creating polls on your phone even easier!

Last week Google used the Doodle app as a use case and introduced it live on stage at their massive Google I/O developer conference in California. So: we’re again on the cutting edge of implementing new mobile technologies and we’re super proud of our Android development team.

Don’t be sad iPhone users, there are some cool things in our pipeline for you as well 😉

Increase your productivity with Android 7.0 Nougat and the multi-window view

Doodle apps are always kept up-to-date! Before the official release of the Android 7.0 Nougat, we’ve been working really hard to support all the major features within our Doodle Android app.

One of these features is the ability to run more than one app at a time on screen. After the multi-window view is activated, you can switch back and forth between different apps without even closing Doodle. The user interface adjusts automatically to the screen size and shows as much content as possible. To activate this new feature, long-press the Recent Apps key with an app already open.

This is useful, for example, if you are in your Doodle poll and want to take a quick look at the event location to view nearby restaurants/undergrounds. You could also check the travel time from your position to the venue. Furthermore, you can even keep the poll open while you chat with your poll participants about the public transit schedule. Or why not watch a music video at the same time?

Go to this website to read everything about the newest Android 7.0 functions in detail.

What do you like most about the newest Android update? Leave us a comment below if you’d like to see something else in our Doodle app! Make a suggestion to be considered to win a year of our Premium service.

Alexander Thiele & The Doodle Team

We proudly present: our new Doodle iMessage App for iOS 10

Scheduling a meeting or activity with a group of people can involve a lot of back-and-forth communication that ends up complicating the planning process. With Doodle’s iMessage app, you just select some possible dates for an event and let the participants vote on which options work best for them. The app also includes templates, which make it easy to create a Doodle poll for specific time periods like this weekend or next week with just one tap. Once the results are in, you can see which time works best for everyone and confirm it.

No accounts are required, and you don’t even have to leave your iMessage conversation to plan and confirm an event! Users of iOS 10 can quickly install and use the app, and users of older versions of iOS can still participate and vote using the usual Doodle link.

Download Doodle for iMessage now 

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We look forward to your feedback!
Your Doodle team

Doodle launches new calendar integrations for Outlook.com and Office 365

Today is a great day for our Doodle users because they’re now able to integrate their Doodle events into Outlook.com and Office 365 calendars. Also, all of our calendar integrations (including the existing ones like Google Calendar, iCloud, and ICS) are now available in our free Doodle version.

This means that all of our users are able to create and participate in meeting polls directly from their Doodle calendar view without needing to switch back and forth between their calendars. Now that’s what we call productivity!

You can visit the following page to learn more about Doodle Calendar Connect.

Calendar integration by Doodle - easy scheduling

Calendar integration by Doodle – easy scheduling

Your Doodle Team

New feature: Multi-day events

The process of picking times on individual days is something that our users are very familiar with when scheduling an event with Doodle, but what about scheduling events that span multiple days, such as a vacation with friends or a conference? Our users have frequently requested a multi-day feature, and we’re happy to say that multi-day event polls are now supported internationally on the Desktop Web version of Doodle!

This free new feature has already been available in the United States and Canada, and users in those locations have tested multi-day events and provided their feedback. During this testing period, around 65,000 multi-day event polls were created, and more than 250,000 people participated in those events. Based on the success of those polls, the time has come to roll this feature out to all of our users.

Scheduling a multi-day event is simple. Just click on a date, grab the green arrow, and select the number of days that you need. Enjoy!

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Updates to the Doodle Wizard – we’ve made it even easier for you to invite your participants

In the past several weeks, our Doodle Engineering Team has worked hard to help people who are using our scheduling tool for the first time. In fact, we’ve redesigned the invitation step of the Doodle poll wizard and we’re launching the updated version today. So what are these changes and how do they help?

First of all, you can now use Doodle to send out up to 20 invitations without needing to sign up for an account. We increased this number because so many Doodle polls include up to 20 participants, and this number has risen week by week. This tells us that you’re using Doodle with more and more people, which is simply awesome!

If you want to invite more than 20 people, then we will require you to sign up, simply to prevent misuse and spamming. Doodle will send out beautiful emails to your invitees, all of which you can preview in the wizard. These emails explain what Doodle is and they contain the invitation link to your poll. You can even add a personal message to these emails.

Invite more friends, colleagues or guests easily

Invite more friends, colleagues or guests easily

Secondly, you can now connect your Google and iCloud address books right in the wizard to make it even easier to find all of the email addresses for the people you want to invite. We honor your privacy and only send invitation emails to the users you want to invite – we will never contact someone from your address book without your permission. We do not even store your address book on our servers.

For our regular users, we want to point out that you can still use Doodle the way you always have. You can still invite people by sending the link to your survey on your own. Just skip the invite step and you’re good to go.

What do you think? What other ways to invite people would you like to see on Doodle? Please give us your feedback right here on our blog.

Your Doodle Team