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Well-Liked Android Task List Any.DO Comes to iPhone and Chrome

Task management tool Any.DO, which has been named on many lists of top and must-have Android apps, is now available as an iPhone app and a Chrome browser plugin.

The app’s aesthetic feels totally un-iPhone-like, with a sparse design that lacks a menu bar and is manipulated by gestures. (Users can even opt for a black background, which seems totally alien on the iPhone.)

And unlike many iPhone apps — which seem to be little islands of functionality unto themselves — Any.DO helps bring in context about a user and launch into appropriate apps when necessary. This kind of smart, personalized integration is an area I find really interesting.

Any.DO users can take actions like calls, texts and emails directly from within a task — for instance, if I create the task “call Kara,” I can click to dial out to her. And the app autocompletes written tasks when it can, by pulling contacts from a user’s authenticated Facebook account and phone address book.

There are also some new features unique to the iPhone version of Any.DO. For instance, users can pull down and hold to speak a task, they can view in landscape mode with both a calendar and task list, and they can drag and drop tasks.

Meanwhile, the new Chrome version helps users add tasks from the browser and stays synced with Android and iPhone.

Any.DO CEO Omer Perchik says Any.DO for Android has millions of daily users, though he wouldn’t disclose an exact number. Competitors include the iOS Notes app and other independent efforts like Clear and Orchestra.

The San Francisco- and Tel Aviv-based Any.DO has $1 million in funding from Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Blumberg Capital, Genesis Partners, Joe Lonsdale, Felicis Ventures and Brian Koo.

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