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Google has just released the official Google Calendar app on the Play Store, to the joy of, well, probably everyone who isn't using a Nexus phone or a custom ROM. This is the same app you'll find in stock Android, packaged up and ready for individual consumption. This also means Google will be able to update the Calendar app directly from the Play Store, instead of in Android releases as part of the Google Apps package.

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This includes all the features you'd expect, allowing you to set which calendars you want to view, create events, hide declined events, show the week number, decide the week start date, and more. For those stuck with OEM calendar apps on skins like TouchWiz and Sense, this is definitely a welcome addition to the family of Play Store-available Google apps. This version also adds a couple new features:

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Head over to the Play Store to grab it now, and check out the official Android blog post for more information.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Todd

    I saw this and got very excited. Then realized I already had the stock app within CM and smiled to myself. Hopefully this makes the gapps packages smaller for us modders / flashers.

    • Rob

      Ditto! When I had my HTC EVO 4G with its stock Sense I would have given anything for a genuine GCal app, but now I'm running CM10 on a Galaxy Nexus. Glad to be ahead of the curve. ;-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608968403 Yuen Loong Ngui

      I echo that.

    • Tyler Chappell

      The GCal app is only 1.5mb so I doubt it...

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      The app is 1.5 MB, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the roughly 50-90 MB (depending on ICS vs JB) in the gapps package. Besides, if you flash frequently, isn't it better to flash the apps from the package rather than have to download another app individually each time? Just saying, I'd think flashers (like me) would prefer to have it all in one step.

      Just to be clear, I'm happy about placement in the Play Store because it suggests there will be more frequent updates now. I just don't see a minor size-reduction in the gapps package as a significant 'Yay'.

  • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

    Okay good, hopefully they can make it user friendly now.

  • masterxchief

    Anyone seeing the actual calendar colors with this app on an ICS based phone? My EVO LTE is showing generic colors as opposed to my Nexus 7 which shows the actual colors I set on my calendar through the gcal website.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Might be an API level thing.

      • masterxchief

        That's what I figured, just wanted to confirm. Thanks

    • abqnm

      On my Galaxy Nexus with the actual AOSP app, I get colors, but the color palette seems much smaller. If I try to set a calendar to Holo blue for example, it comes out as just dark blue on the phone but is Holo blue on the PC. Is that what you are referring to as generic colors? I don't have a N7 to compare it to.

      • masterxchief

        Ya that's it. On my S3 I'm running CM10 I get the real colors but I use Formula84's GAPPS. The 'normal' GAPPS package (7-26-12) doesn't do the colors right, but I think there was a new version released, not sure if it fixed the calendar color issue

    • Omar Salmin

      The only time I actually see the colors like you do in the web browser are on the stock rom for the GNex and N7. On any custom rom you get the nasty brown for all calendar events.

    • jordanjay29

      I actually am, my calendar colors updated to what they really are on the web. Now if only the event-specific colors would follow, as Google claims in its changelog....

  • Tony

    I like the new icon, old yellow one was hideous.

  • Brian Menius

    Spending a lot of time at my mom's house, David- something I need to know?

  • Julio Lagara

    Awesome!!! Finally!!!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    Teardown done, nothing major new. A new icon, and new feedback and help menu items, but otherwise just a straight re-packaging of the Jelly Bean Calendar. Carry on.

    • TheWhiteLotus

      God bless you kind sir

    • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

      Got it chief, thanks!

    • Brian Menius

      You're a damn machine!

    • grellanl

      The blue colour is pretty terrible, though - particularly in the widget. It doesn't match the Holo blue, and even has a gradation/shadow effect.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    This is actually a great way to fight skins, just package all the AOSP apps. We've got Calendar, now we just need Gallery, Phone, and Contacts.

    • Tony

      Amen to that! Add Messaging on there as well(for whenev they decide to consolidate all their messaging apps to one).

    • nihir

      ...and Google Talk

    • aatifsumar

      We can do without the awful Phone App. YET no Smart Dialling. Is getting ridiculous.

    • xnay

      Many people are bitching about various Android skins (Samsung-Touchwiz, Motorola-Motoblur etc.) but when I compared this calendar with the one from Touchwiz in the SGS 3 - this original Google calendar looks really primitive ;). Touchwiz's S Planner has event previews (in mothly view) etc. So it is not like Google stock apps are always better. One could say this is personal preference but this is obvious when you compare these 2 apps that the original Google one is just worse. If the Google one is better - in what way?

      • wickets

        agree

        • wickets

          p.s. do the people that build the calendar have to hide away in shame from all the other goog employees....naybe thats the dept goog sends all its rotten engineers to

          • xnay

            When I saw this Calendar app first thing that came to my mind was that they just must provide some kind of calendar so they provide this base app. Some other manufacturers do better job at this (Samsung).

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        I was mostly thinking of Sense. Touchwiz's calendar is decent (though I could do without the leather look), but Sense's calendar sucks.

        Consistency in design is also big deal. It would suck to have to learn a new calendar just because you want to switch hardware manufacturers. I consider the manufacture lock-in in skins to be a big downside. This lets you bring the calendar with you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sander.roelofs.nl Sander Roelofs

    This isn't standard? Wow. I just learned something

  • http://www.facebook.com/leo.davidson Leo Davidson

    Shame to see that Google still haven't fixed the problem where Android will not detect updates like this to core apps until you have installed at least one of them.

    Neither of my Nexus devices reported any pending app updates, neither automatically nor via the installed apps list in the Play Store, yet if I manually opened the list of Google's apps in the Play Store it showed Calendar with the "Update" status. It knows there's an update for an app it knows I have installed, it's just too stupid to look for it. About time Google fixed this, really.

    • Peter

      I agree. My Nexus S didn't see there was an update, but my Nexus 7 did. I haven't walked out to the shed to check my Xoom yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vicky-Cantu/1106179018 Vicky Cantu

    Widget seems to have been updated a bit, too. And thank goodness 'cause now it is finally in line with the rest of my widgets!

    • Alex Luckett

      Ew, that blue header is horrible! What was wrong with the old theme?

    • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

      I see you are runing Sense 4.0
      I also have ICS on my HTC Evo 3D but colors on my events don't show up on my calendar they are all default blue color.
      Did you remove the HTC calendar or something ?

  • wtx757

    Updated gnex a n7.....only because this new icon is much better. Sad I know.

  • garychencool

    Looks pretty good, I used a different version of this by a small time developer to get stock calendar but this must be better. The widget is better and colour coded now.

  • Bala

    nice move, it may be odd but i find the touchwiz calendar much better than this. It also shows induvidual evens rather than dots

  • Jurgen Mario

    I got pretty excited when I read that sync finally goes one year back instead of just a month. I rarely use calendar for upcoming events, more like memo-style entering important things I did today and then look them up again in the future.
    Unfortunately those old events do not appear neither on my nexus 7 more on my I9000, both running latest Jelly Bean 4.1.2

    Do I have to clear data in calendar first and then resync?

    Anyhow, why don't they just let you choose in settings how far back you would like to sync?

  • Kernschatten

    Synchs events one year back and one year forward. No more synching just the last 30 days.

  • Djones

    Not a fan of the new blue widget header, I much prefer the translucent black that is in stock.

  • squiddy20

    FYI, if you've got root and are wanting to remove the old Calendar.apk, you can, but keep CalenderProvider.apk. I tried using just the Play Store Calendar, but it wouldn't sync without Provider present as well.

    • Jalamb

      On my rooted phone, I thought it was safe to also remove CalendarProvider.apk, but now, no calendar app (Google Calendar, aCalander, DigiCal) works. Where can I get the CalendarProvider.apk?

  • BrainOfSweden

    Finally, I can't stand the terrible Sony (Ericsson) calendar.

  • http://twitter.com/thesacbunt The Sacrifice Bunt

    Is there a way to make a widget or shortcut on the homescreen for a new calendar item?

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Nice alternative to Samsung's ugly green S Planner, however it does not show event names in the month view.

  • http://twitter.com/simp1istic simp1istic

    Google is absolutely on a freaking roll.

  • Slighter

    OOh OOh OOh,
    wait I have a photon
    thanks android for some police

  • http://www.facebook.com/k0sTi Peter Kostovčík

    what keyboard is that on the picture?

  • Bob White

    I have a problem. I have the new Galaxy S III and found the calendar app already loaded. It seemed to work very well until I traveled outside of my time zone. Every time I go west, the calendar still works, but the list feature that I rely on the most goes crazy. All my events are shifted a day, and it thinks the day and date are different. All goes back to normal when I return home. I haven't been able to figure it out. All I know is, when I am out of my time zone, I can't trust my calendar...