2011-10-19 12h13_02

We've already looked at a veritable buttload (yes, that's an official unit of measurement) of features from ICS, but we're not finished yet. Next on the list of things that Google made better in Android 4.0 is an app that nearly everyone is familiar with: the Calendar.

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Don't get me wrong, the existing Calendar app works pretty well -- it covers all the basics. You can schedule and view appointments, check out an overview of your week or month... pretty much all the things that you expect your calendar to do for you. However, if you use the Calendar often (and you're busy enough to fill it up), then you may have noticed one of the downsides of Calendar: it's not very easy to read when you have a full day planned. The only way to get a better idea of what you're doing (and when) is to tap on each individual item. That changes with ICS, because now you can pinch-to-zoon in the calendar, which allows you to get a closer look of specific parts of your day. Yay for organization!

Of course, the Calendar also uses the new Roboto typeface that we've heard so much about as well, so it's already easier to read in the first place.

During last night's presentation, Hugo only touched on the new features of the Calendar and noted that it was "just a quick look at the Calendar app," and "there's more." I guess we'll just have to wait to get ICS in our hands before we find out what else is in store -- but, so far, it's off to a great start.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.thenolands.com chris Noland

    So are the different colors for categories so it matches outlook capabilities more? This would be great if would sync categories and have the ability to set colors for each

    • Kaz

      I assume it matches the colors in google calendar online.. I have Sense, but if the calendar doesn't already do this on pre-ICS phones, I'd be surprised...

  • paul

    What does the month view look like, thats the main view.

  • http://mark.rehorst.com Mark Rehorst

    Tell me the one thing that matters: does the search widget return results from the calendar, or do I have to trust my patient appointment info to a third party app written in China/Russia/Afghanistan?

    It's Google's OS, Google's search engine, and Google's calendar.