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  • pit 11:10 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gcal, , polls   

    Which feature would you like to see most in next Gcal version? 

    I’m working on the next Gcal version, and would be interested to know which features Gcal users would like to see most in the very next release. If your most wished feature is not listed below, just add it as a comment to this post!

    Which feature would you like to see in next Gcal version?

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    • pit 8:10 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      Thank you for these initial votes! It seems that syncing is by far the most desired feature on Gcal :)

      In some way this is something I didn’t expect, for 2 reasons:

      • there are some syncing solutions, implemented in Java ME, that already do a good job of syncing the local calendar with Google Calendar
      • Gcal is some way should “substitute” the need of syncing the 2 calendar, since it gives you access to Google Calendar in every moment

      Probably, having Gcal working also offline could be an intermediate solution that could fit the same needs, what do you think about it?

    • aston 8:58 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      native blackberry support.

    • pit 10:34 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

      Hi aston,

      thank you for your feedback. BlackBerry support is one of the poll’s options, so let’s vote it to push onto the next release :)

    • Xa 12:10 am on April 22, 2010 Permalink

      Support for OAuth so that no password is required?

  • pit 11:50 am on February 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gcal, ,   

    Gcal 0.3.2: fix for GMT timezone issue 

    Small update for Gcal, that fixes some bugs reported by users, as:

    • “All day” wrongly shown for all events, for some particular timezones (e.g.: GMT)
    • Right softkey not working on popups on some specific Nokia devices

    You can download the latest version from the download button here, or directly updating from inside Gcal itself.

    • Julie 1:52 pm on February 23, 2009 Permalink

      Thanks Pit.

      I’m now correctly getting timed entries in gCal. Only showing the Calendars which had entries is great, but it does have one slight issue. If no calendars have entries, you just see a blank page. It would be helpful to have a message that says “No entries for today”, as otherwise you’re left wondering whether it’s finished (or even started) searching.

      Also, it would useful to have the day name in the header for the page (e.g. Mon 23/02/09 instead of just 23/02/2009).


    • pit 1:10 pm on February 24, 2009 Permalink

      Hi Julie,

      thanks for the tips, they’ll be surely included in next Gcal update :)


    • Stella 8:56 am on March 13, 2009 Permalink

      Hey how did you get the form elements to have colors, can u give me an insight on that. i’ve been trying to set the background color of forms and form elements in j2me for a long time now

      thanks in advance

    • Dirk 7:28 am on March 16, 2009 Permalink

      I am struggling to get GCal working on my phone. I have a Samsung L760i. When I launch the app on my phone, I usually get a ‘There was an error while loading calendars data.’ After a number of Retrys my calendars start to load, but then I get an ‘Error while retrieving events’ error, leaving me with no calendar information to browse. Any suggestions? Thanks

    • pit 5:21 pm on March 16, 2009 Permalink

      Hi all,

      @Stella: I’m not using forms within Gcal, but low level graphics (e.g.: Canvas)

      @Dirk: I’ve just released a new Gcal version, that will hopefully solve this kind of issues. Give it a try and, if you still encounter this error, please report to me the exact error message that you get (now it should be more meaningful)


    • Cliff 3:22 am on March 29, 2009 Permalink

      Sorry to report I’m still getting the “Error: Login exception (400)” message many Samsung Instinct users have reported.

      Any plans for a fix to this?

    • Guillaume 2:00 pm on April 21, 2009 Permalink

      I use GCal on my LG and i have a 2 hours error on times between real times and times on my screen in GCal

    • pit 4:54 pm on April 30, 2009 Permalink


      @Cliff: thanks for your feedback, you help would be surely useful. I should be able to setup a test version in the next days, so that you can test it

      @Guillame: check out version 0.3.5, where you can manually specify your timezone (or simply pickup the timezone sent by Google Calendar itself), and check if it helps with your timezone issue :)


    • John 10:55 pm on May 7, 2009 Permalink

      Hi Pit,

      Do you think there’s any way of caching events that have already been loaded? Currently when you change day and then go back again it seems to re-download all the information.


  • pit 5:36 pm on February 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    New Gcal version almost ready: last call for new features! 

    I’ve been working hard on the new Gcal version, that will be hopefully released in the very next days.

    Since there is still some available time, if you would like to see some new features in the next version, this is your chance to say it!

    Meanwhile, let me thank you all for your precious feedbacks and suggestions, that helped me a lot in debugging and improving Gcal! Yet a lot needs to be done, so keep it up :)

    • aston 7:25 pm on February 13, 2009 Permalink

      I have no idea for the new feafure. But I think it can support the blackberry.

    • Julie 9:19 am on February 14, 2009 Permalink

      Perhaps you could let us know what features are already included in the new version so that we know what NOT to ask for ;-)?

    • Peter 10:03 am on February 14, 2009 Permalink

      Scheduled Online Sync between Google Calendar and the Internal Calendar of the Phone!

    • aston 5:34 pm on February 15, 2009 Permalink

      When is the release?

    • Wael Nabil 10:45 am on February 16, 2009 Permalink

      really nice effort and waiting for next version

    • Chris 9:08 pm on February 16, 2009 Permalink

      Just downloaded the 0.3 version, unfortunately I still get the “Error while connecting with Google” message on my Helio Ocean (Pantech PN-810). Please let me know when you have a diagnostic version available, thanks:)

    • Jason 2:43 am on February 22, 2009 Permalink

      Just downloaded 0.3.2 version onto my Samsung Instinct. Can’t get past the login page. Whenever I enter my password, it gets changed to only five characters and I get a wrong username/password notice.

    • Chris 2:43 am on March 10, 2009 Permalink

      Hey, great app
      i just downloaded this to my Samsung Instinct. I cant get past the Loading Calendars….Please Wait, page.
      there is box at the bottom that says “There Was An Error While Loading Calendars Data”
      please fix this, thanks

  • pit 12:46 pm on January 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: facebook, gcal,   

    Like Gcal? Became a fan! :) 

    As you know, Gcal is a free Google Calendar client for (quite) all Java enabled mobile phones. If you like it and want to give your support, now you can join the Gcal fan crew on Facebook!

    Becoming a fan, you’ll automatically receive all future Gcal updates and, and can share your thoughts and feedback with other Gcal users.

    And, above all, you’ll make my coding nights happier :D

    • mario 7:32 pm on August 24, 2009 Permalink

      …ma perchè lo vogliono togliere???

  • pit 10:53 am on January 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , gcal, gcal update, , , ,   

    Gcal update: version 0.2 released! 

    NEW: check out the new Gcal 0.3 version!

    Holidays are gone, but gifts are not! So, here’s a big update to Gcal, the J2ME Google Calendar client: version 0.2 is available for download!

    Thanks to your precious support and feedback a lot of improvements and bug fixes have been done: thank you all (and please don’t stop :) )!

    New features of this version include:

    • Check for updates and auto-update features: you can now manually check for updates, or switch on auto-updates (from Settings screen) to always get the latest Gcal releases!
    • More control over events: delete, duplicate and copy an event from a calendar to another in a snap!
    • Comments: It’s now possible to add and view comments for an event
    • More event details: event visibility (private/public) and available/busy status now available when creating an event
    • Map viewing: different types of maps have been added, so you can now switch among satellite/terrain and other views
    • Sending an event, with his details, via SMS

    Important bugs fixed in this release:

    • Character encoding: terrible lack of first versions, character encoding should now correctly work
    • Wrong time when creating/showing events, with some timezones
    • Events order sometimes scrambled
    • Wrong login error messages: now, different types of errors are correctly handled
    • Calendars filter sometimes resetted without changing the account
    • Different types of errors and Exceptions when receiving events (e.g.: on Nokia S40 devices)

    Many other minor fixes have been done, so it’s highly recommended to upgrade your Gcal to 0.2 version. As always, for any kind of feedbacks or bug report, please leave a comment here :)

    • Jack 12:34 pm on January 13, 2009 Permalink

      Still having problems on the INQ1. The app loads fine, and I enter my details, but it gives the error: ‘There was an error while loading calendar data’.

    • Rich G 5:40 pm on January 14, 2009 Permalink

      Great app! I’ve been looking for a j2me google calendar app for quite some time.

      I have a suggestion:

      For those of us who would (either by choice or policy) like to use the application on a blackberry instead of Google Sync, could you provide key mapping to the numeric keypad?

      Something like:
      2 = up
      8 = down
      4 = left
      6 = right

      • = left soft key
      1. = right soft key

      I ask because my 8130 can emulate the left soft key, but can’t figure out how to emulate the right soft key .


    • pit 10:54 pm on January 14, 2009 Permalink

      Hi all!

      @Jack: unfortunately I have not an INQ1 device to test on. Anyway, I’ll dig more into this problem and let you know.

      @Rick: thanks for your appreciation! You’re right: BlackBerry key mapping is not perfect right now. I’ll try to integrate your precious hint into next Gcal versions.

      Thank you all!

    • Rich G 7:04 pm on January 16, 2009 Permalink

      A follow up on my earlier suggestion:

      The absolute easiest way to implement bb support (and isn’t the easiest usually the best) is to trap the right convenience key (keycode: -19) in addition to the other right soft key keycodes on other devices.

      You already trap the bb left convenience key with keycode -21 ;)


    • Mads 7:39 pm on January 19, 2009 Permalink

      Very useful app. Maybe I’m just blind, but is there any way to show more than one day at a time? If not, that’s my number one suggestion for additions.

      I’d love to be able to see one week at a time, either Monday-Sunday or starting with the current day. One month as well would be stellar. I’m not necessarily looking to see every detail of every event for every day, just something like a small mark showing that there are events scheduled for that day would be great. Then the user could go to the specific day for details.

    • pit 10:25 am on January 20, 2009 Permalink

      Hi all!

      @Rich: thanks for the hint! Will surely use it for the next Gcal version :)


    • Yukone 9:42 am on January 21, 2009 Permalink

      Loading error too for me. I have a lg secret. What a pity. :(

    • Julie 11:44 am on January 26, 2009 Permalink

      I’ve just realised there’s another missing function that I use a lot: the ability to copy a calendar item.

      Typically, I’ve just completed an appointment, and book a repeat one for another day.


    • pit 11:50 am on January 26, 2009 Permalink


      @Yukone: I must get some Lg phones to do some tests. Meanwhile, can you please specify where you get the loading error?

      @Julie: the item copy feature is available in version 0.2. When you are in event detail view, just click “Options” -> “Actions”: there you have both “Copy to calendar” and “Duplicate” functions, that should be what you’re looking for :)


    • Julie 7:44 pm on January 26, 2009 Permalink

      Apoliges Pit. I missed the option under edit for duplicating.


    • Yukone 12:38 pm on January 27, 2009 Permalink

      It gives me loading error when trying to load calendar data

    • pit 12:59 pm on January 27, 2009 Permalink


      @Julie: no problem at all :)

      @Yukone: thanks for the feedback, I’ll dig into this and let you know

    • Steve 10:50 am on January 29, 2009 Permalink

      Program is great but all my appointments are showing as ‘all day’ and not showing the appointment times. Am I doing something wrong or do I need to configure something ?

    • aston 7:42 am on January 31, 2009 Permalink

      Blackberry 7290: Error while connection to Google.

      Blackberry 8800:There was an error while loading canlendars data.

      can not use.

    • pit 9:12 pm on February 1, 2009 Permalink


      thank you all for your feedbacks!

      @Steve: it seems like some timezone issues are still there.. can you please tell me your local timezone?

      @aston: BlackBerry is still not yet fully tested (due to lack of devices :)), but next version should be greatly improved this way.


    • aston 5:40 am on February 2, 2009 Permalink

      @Pit Thank you.

      Everyday I come here to see the new version;

    • aston 5:47 am on February 2, 2009 Permalink

      @Pit can u twitter?

      and we can follow u with your new status.

    • pit 10:28 am on February 2, 2009 Permalink

      Hi aston!

      Sure, I’ll post on Twitter future Gcal updates, so It’ll be easier to follow for all :)

      If you’re a FaceBook user, you can also check Gcal page, to be always updated and to share your thoughts and feedback with other Gcal users:


    • aston 7:35 am on February 3, 2009 Permalink

      @Pit waiting the blackberry can use version.

    • Cat 11:01 pm on February 3, 2009 Permalink

      Nice app!

      Unfortunately it also fails with “Error getting calendars data” on my RAZR2. Google’s GMail application works.

      I would be happy to coordinate with you to debug this (I have written J2ME apps before) — just drop me an e-mail.

    • pit 10:06 am on February 4, 2009 Permalink

      Hi Cat!

      Thanks for your feedback. Can you please specify on which exact screen you’re getting that error (e.g.: login/calendar retrieving/events retrieving)?


    • aston 10:10 am on February 4, 2009 Permalink

      When the new version?

    • Danik 4:35 pm on February 5, 2009 Permalink

      Hi there! I’d just so much like to say “Great job!” but sadly the app is for the last few minutes just downloading calendar data so I can’t really appreciate all its functions (dunno if it is my calendar being that big or some strange bug somewhere) but nevermind – I’d like to say at least “Keep up!” This is something I’ve always yearned for :o)

      // I’m using a Nokia E61 / Symbian S60 3rd, should be OK… hope se :o)

    • pit 5:16 pm on February 5, 2009 Permalink

      Hi all!

      @aston: some more days, and it’ll be out ;)

      @Danik: thanks for the feedback! This is effectively a bug, but it has been fixed and will be totally solved by next Gcal version (like said to aston, in the very next few days :)).


    • Danik 8:52 pm on February 5, 2009 Permalink

      :o) then as a programmer I have to say Great job, at least for tracing the bug :oD now seriously, I’ve tried GooSync meanwhile just to see and man, it sucks. The only thing it does is provide a syncing server to sync the internal calendar (which sucks) through the inbuilt Nokia syncing mechanism (which sucks even more)… so I’m looking very much forward to the next release! :o) Thank you and keep rollin’!

    • David Kinlay 10:35 am on February 7, 2009 Permalink

      Every time I try to download GCal (latest version), it causes my phone to crash. Why?
      Can download other midlets.
      Reply asap

    • pit 11:09 am on February 9, 2009 Permalink


      @Danik: thanks :))

      @David: are you trying downloading the MIDlet directly from your device? Which phone are you using?


    • Stefan 10:44 am on February 12, 2009 Permalink

      using GCal 0v2 on a Sony Ericsson K850i – works great.

      Bug found a small annoying bug in the sort order with recurring events.
      Seems like you use the whole date not just the time in your sorting so the recurring events show up prior to one off events of the actual day in the agenda view.
      Example setup:
      1) Recurring daily event, 10:00, event series started 13/02/2009
      2) Single event, 14/02/2009 9:00
      -> on the events overview for 14/02/2009 the recurring 10:00 event is listed first, the 9:00 event second – but it should be vice versa…

      Second issue discovered when playing around with the “Filter calendars” function. Looks like only the first 8 calendars can be (un)selected. the cursor refuses to jump to the 9th item. Maybe device related, didn’t check on other mobiles.

      Nevertheless very good stuff and feels very stable already. Looking forward to the next release ;-)


    • pit 11:07 am on February 12, 2009 Permalink

      Hi Stefan,

      thanks for your feedback!

      About the events order: yes, there’s some problem with recurring events, but it’ll be surely fixed for the next release.

      Second issue is already solved: so, this fix also will be available in next release, that should be during this week :)


    • pascal 2:55 pm on February 12, 2009 Permalink

      Dude this seems like a great app
      I’ve a N73 nokia
      it’s stuck in the Initializing screen,
      I’m trying to reach a mapped calendar

    • Chris 3:57 pm on February 12, 2009 Permalink

      Any chance the new release this week will have the diagnostic mode you mentioned earlier? I am very interested in diagnosing the connection problem with my Helio Ocean, thanks for all the hard work:)

    • pit 4:01 pm on February 12, 2009 Permalink

      Hi Chris,

      this week a new Gcal version will be released, that will include a lot of bug fixes and important new features.

      Give it a try, to see if it solves issues on your Ocean, otherwise I’ll send you a debug version to dig into your specific problems.


    • javil 12:09 am on May 6, 2011 Permalink

      can i use QCal offline in my movile phone?

  • pit 11:55 am on December 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Hosted accounts support added to GCal J2ME client 

    Christmas has passed, hope you had a great time! Now it’s time to prepare for New Year’s eve :)

    Meanwhile, here’s the first little upgrade to GCal, the J2ME Google Calendar client: if you use Google Apps with your mapped domain, now you can use your hosted accounts with GCal as well!

    Download GCal v0.1.1 here.

    Edit: this version also fixes a bug with some Nokia S60 3rd edition FP2 devices, who previously got stuck at splash screen.

    • ernesto61 7:12 pm on December 29, 2008 Permalink

      Yes, now it works but every time it is downloading a event, ask the permission. If there are 10 events …ten permits…

      ogni volta chiede l’autorizzazione di protezione se scaricare o no l’evento, è molto fastidioso; c’è un modo per levarlo?

    • pit 10:32 am on December 30, 2008 Permalink

      Hi ernesto,

      to modify permission settings you should follow these steps:

      • from your device menu, choose “Application manager”/”Gestione applicazioni” (usually placed into “Installations”/”Applicazioni”)
      • select “Gcal” and choose “Open”/”Impostazioni”
      • select “Network access”/”Accesso rete” and change it to “Ask first time”/”Chiedi al primo”

      This way, you will have only 1 permission popup per usage session.

      Hope this helps!


    • Kearon 5:49 am on January 8, 2009 Permalink

      First up – Tops job on a handy little app!
      Now here’s a small bug report (maybe)…
      Let’s say I have an appointment on 8:30am Friday. It show correctly on Google calendar, but in Gcal (on my N95) it shows and an all-day event on the day before! This s consist=ant with other ‘morning’ appointments – they show as ‘all-day’ events the day before….but drilling down into each event reveals they actually have the correct time and day data (that is, whats showing in google calendar – it’a all OK)…so it’s something to do with how Gcal is reading and displaying the event. Any ideas? I have all my location settings on Google calendar correct for Sydney, Aust (GMT+10).

    • pit 10:36 am on January 20, 2009 Permalink

      Hi Kearon,

      have you checked latest version (0.2)? It should have solved many problems with timezone. Let me know if it worked for you :)


    • ManojGaur 2:22 am on February 4, 2009 Permalink

      Hello !
      I’ve Sony Ericsson K810i model but Gcal latest version is not working bcoz it accepts only 5digits password for gmail account;while I’ve 6digits password gmail account.

      Pl help.

    • pit 10:09 am on February 4, 2009 Permalink

      Hi ManojGaur,

      this sounds really strange, since password limit is currently set to 255 characters; I use a longer password too, and it works on tested devices. :-\

      I’ll check if there are some device-related issues or other possible causes, and let you know asap :)


    • Chris 3:46 pm on March 3, 2009 Permalink

      Have you had any progress with a diagnostic version? I would love to get this app working on my Helio Ocean (still having the same connection problem), thanks:)

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