Scheduling startup Tungle already has a web application to help people find the best time to meet. The problem is, I schedule a lot of meetings while I’m away from my computer, especially if I’m at a conference. That’s why the Quebec-based company is releasing an iPhone application.
Tungle is launching its iPhone app at DEMOfall 09, the technology conference co-produced by VentureBeat. The company says the app has the full functionality of its web version, so when I meet someone at say a conference, I can use my iPhone share my availability with them — like the web version, it shares schedules between different calendar systems, and helps you find the time that works for multiple attendees.
The iPhone app also includes two features that are new to Tungle. First, there’s “Shake to meet” — since it’s hard to view full calendars on the iPhone’s smaller screen, the app helps you find mutual availability. Just shake it, and it identifies the five best times when all attendees can make it to the meeting. (Like Urbanspoon and other shaking apps, you don’t have to physically shake the phone if you think it looks undignified. Just tap a button.)
The other new feature is “at-a-a-glance” availability, where each of your Tungle contacts has an icon next to their name showing their availability, based on their Tungle schedule. That way, if you want to call someone, you can first check to see if they’re in a meeting.
Tungle has raised $6.5 million in funding. Competitors include TimeBridge.http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f8/980795693