You-Doo Windows Phone
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You-Doo is a location based to-do list app for Windows Phone

Humans can be pretty forgetful creatures. Which is why eons ago some brilliant man invented the to-do list. This allowed man to prioritize and execute important tasks. Thankfully our smartphones have now given rise to ‘smartlists’. And that’s exactly what You-Doo for Windows Phone is. It’s a very smart to-do list, task scheduler and reminder app that uses your location to help you get stuff done. Let’s check it out.

We’ve seen a handful of very great to-do and task apps on Windows Phone before. You-Doo takes those concept one step further by attaching location data to a given task or item. We’ve also seen some similar apps like that on Windows Phone, but You-Doo looks really polished and feature packed.

Here’s what you get with the first release of You-Doo for Windows Phone:

  • Proximity triggered alerts for tasks
  • Live Timeline View
  • Live tiles for individual tasks and live timeline
  • Configurable GPS location groups for categorizing tasks
  • Location information with mapping integration to Bing Maps and Foursquare
  • Reminders and Notifications
  • Multi Language Options        
  • Calendar view with daily detail

You-Doo

We’re digging the app so far. You can add items, give them due dates and then add a location to trigger the reminder of that task. You also have some pretty good flexibility in the properties for a location. You can add a location by selecting a spot on the map. You can then add a radius for that location to trigger the reminder. Very cool stuff.

Once you’ve added a handful of tasks you have a few options on how to view it. There’s a live timeline that displays your tasks and to-do items in chronological order. You can then swipe over and view active tasks, tasks with no due dates, and GPS groups. When viewing your GPS groups you can look at tasks by location.

You-Doo

There’s also a ‘pro’ version of You-Doo coming soon. This pro version will introduce features like friend share, device syncing, cloud saves, recurring tasks, the ability to import from Outlook and more. We’re very excited to check out the pro version when it comes.

We’ve been playing around with the app for a few minutes and have added a handful of tasks with locations. We’ll be checking it out over the coming days and will give a report on how it actually performs at reminding us to do stuff. We’re also curious to see if the app is updated to take advantage of some of the geofencing monitor support that comes as one of many new features in Windows Phone 8.1.

Let us know what you think of the app if you’ve already used it. Or maybe you’re using something similar? Sound off anyway.

You download You-Doo for free from the Windows Phone Store. We did find two in-app purchases. It’ll cost $0.99 to unlock more icons or $0.99 for more color options. 

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wraedeo_hed says:

I like this concept, I don't normally like using my location data, but this would actually be helpful. Good idea..

Can it trigger based on WiFi spot? GPS can be tricky indoors

leoniDAM says:

In Windows Phone the position is detected by default uses a combination of available GPS, WiFi access points and mobile phone masts.
You can find more info here:
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-SG/how-to/wp8/web/location-and-my-privacy...

Really not what I meant. Why burn GPS battery when you can tie an action around a WiFi connection. IE when I connect to work network give me work reminders.

link68759 says:

I believe it's possible to do that (WiFi live tile apps know the SSID, I don't think it would be a stretch to say they could react differently to different SSIDs) though I don't know that this app does that.

What I don't know is, can an app, in the background, differentiate between any given cell tower? I had a location based profiler app for WM6 that merely used cell tower IDs to determine approximate location, thus having no significant battery drain.

Of course, WP does not allow apps to toggle WiFi/bluetooth/etc so there can be no equivalent profiling app...

*sigh*
I'm not really sure why MS thinks preventing apps from turning WiFi off is somehow for our "safety".

jleebiker says:

Brilliant!!! I always forget something at the grocery store. Now if this could just integrate with my shopping lists....

FletchyT says:

Geo Tasker was great for this until it broke for me.

nyquistjack says:

Every other platform has geo to do lists that work, even webos had an amazing one. Every one of these on windows phone has the same stupid issue, you can't search for locations, you have to hunt around on the map to choose the location. Another disappointment.

KSilcox says:

@nyquistjack - You-Doo incorporates foursquare into the app so you can indeed look up businesses and addresses by entering the information into the address entry box that is shown on the map location screen. Just start typing the name of the business or address and it will display anything stored in the foursquare 'venues' database in a drop-down. Pick the one you are looking for and if you don't find what you are looking for, head over to foursquare.com and add your entry to thier database :) Hope that helps!

And we know a MAN invented it because??

Mestiphal says:

This is one of the features I'm hoping to have with Cortana.   If she knows I'm at the grocery store, I want her to remind me to buy something I need.

Hopefully, Cortana won't be just another Tell Me with a different face.

leoniDAM says:

Tell Me and Cortana are two different thing. TellMe (which I think has been renamed and now is developed by Bing Team) is (or was) a speech engine.

A speech engine is at the base of an app like Siri and Coratana. It is like an engine of a car and Coratana is the... car.

So a speech engine provides and exposes all the APIs that Coratana uses to provide its features

By the way I think that Cortana can cover easily this functionality, don't need of a specific support in Cortana itself. We konw that WP8.1 has geofence APIs and you can create reminder based on position, so just need that Cortana announce reminders, so every reminder created by an app is annunced by Cortana

Would love to see a roundup of best todo apps

Talderon says:

Too bad this app will be rendered obsolite with Cortana. :(

thaman04 says:

I was going to say "Can't wait till OneNote gets this kind of functionality!"  but totally forgot Cortana will be bringing that :D

spokanedj says:

The only problem I see with this app, is that Background Location Services STOP after 4 hours of the app not being used.  So I suppose it would be useful if you started the app in the afternoon and went by the store within the next four hours.  Am I missing something here?  I was going to write a similar app, but that restriction voided the usefulness of the app?

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/jj681691(v=vs.105).aspx

KSilcox says:

@spokanedj - after the 4 hours is up, it will continue to do what we refer to as 'passive tracking' meaning it will update your live tiles using the background worker task which fires about every half hour or so. As long as you pin your live tiles and even consider using this app as one of your coveted 'lock screen' apps and it will still keep you updated about your proximity tasks. You can read more about how it works over at plutanium.com/ourapp/you-doo and click on the FAQ tab to read about it.  btw, I grew up in Spokane, if that is what your name refers too ;)

bleargh says:

The only way this is getting pinned (on my start) is if you give it the option to theme the tile. Upcoming 8.1 changes are going to make me think long and hard about having non-'themable' tiles pinned.

KSilcox says:

Good suggestion, bleargh. I'll look into that. Thanks for the  feedback.

KSilcox says:

@nyquistjack - You-Doo incorporates foursquare into the app so you can indeed look up businesses and addresses by entering the information into the address entry box. Just start typing and it will display anything stored in the foursquare 'venues' database. Just pick the one thats right for you and if you don't find what you are looking for, head over to foursquare.com and add your entry to thier database :)

@spokanedj - after the 4 hours is up, it will continue to do what we refer to as 'passive tracking' meaning it will update your live tiles and try to send alerts using the background worker task which fires about every half hour or so. As long as you pin your live tiles and even consider using this app as one of your coveted 'lock screen' apps and it will still keep you updated about your proximity tasks. You can read more about how it works over at www.plutanium.com/ourapps/you-doo . Click on the FAQ tab to read about it.  btw, I grew up in Spokane, if that is what your name refers too ;)

Zvjer says:

How much battery does this waste in active mode?

KSilcox says:

Hi there Zvjer, I normally have You-Doo running in the background all day long and I don't notice much if any battery drain. There are no UI udpates or anything like that going on and the periodic check on your location is not resource intensive. Give it a download and take it for a spin. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Let me know how you like it and what you would like to see added or changed. We are constantly working on improving the app. Thanks!

twomill69 says:

Isn't cortana replacing apps like these ?

Es interesante la app. Alguien entiende español por aquí?
Is interesting the app. Speak spanish here?

Dean Lewis says:

This app is a battery hog. Liked the idea but uninstalled after the noticeable extra drain on battery. Bring on Cortana!!

KSilcox says:

Hi Dean!

Thanks for downloading and trying out You-Doo. While You-Doo is in 'Active Tracking' mode, it uses the GPS antenna which definitely uses battery power to operate. You-Doo does automatically switch to 'Passive Tracking' mode after 4 hours of not interacting with the app however and while in ‘Passive Tracking’ mode You-Doo doesn’t drain any extra battery at all, instead it uses the background worker task which is built into the windows phone OS and fires about once every 30 minutes give or take 10 minutes.

If you are using any You-Doo live tiles or have You-Doo set as a ‘lock screen’ app, the passive tracking will update your tiles each time the background worker task on your phone fires. So, as long as you don’t have the app in the foreground or running in the background, it won’t use any extra battery. This should allow you to control how much juice you want to submit for your reminders.

I personally am able to leave You-Doo running in Active Tracking mode all day long and have plenty of battery to get me to my nightly charging ritual. It all depends on how you use your phone and You-Doo gives you options for working it into your daily ritual and battery grind at your own discretion.

Hope that helps!