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Dec
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Google's Calendar app for Android just received an update, to version 201212060 (we're guessing the version numbers are date codes or something). The update adds a few new things.

First, you can now call a number or go to a location for an event directly from the notification for that event, as shown in the screenshots below. We figure this is just another example of Google's apps catching up with Android's rich notifications, introduced in 4.1.

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Next, when entering an event location, you're now given suggestions - based on previous locations you've used in Calendar previously, your contacts, and more (it doesn't predict street addresses you've never used, unfortunately). Finally, you can now create events quickly from the month view - just long-press on a date. Hit up the Play Store to grab the update now.

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.

  • Paul_Werner

    I love that they added the Map feature, I've been wanting something like this

    • ddpacino

      I'm pretty glad I enter details that will help with this. Just need them to support channels for shows so I can immediately tune to it via Google TV!

    • Nevi_me

      Hope they bring that to the calendar.google.com site, it should be easy to implement there. I've had to go to Google Maps to search for address, then copy-paste on the calendar details a lot now

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

        That type of feature is one of the things that prompted the unified privacy policy that got so much grief. I think you're right, that's a feature that obviously needs to make the trip to the web version. I've been using Calendar a lot more lately and this would have sped things up for me a few times.

  • tomcat84

    looks good, but still no tasks sync :(

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

    Teardown report: Nothing hidden. Like the last few updates for gapps, this has been rewired to use the external Google Play Services.

    They removed a vibrate setting. You used to be able to pick Always, Silent, or Never, now there's just an on/off checkbox.

    • http://twitter.com/tadejkolino Tadej Rudec

      So what does the On/Off do ?

      This Vibrate thing in 4.2 is really getting out of hand.

      • Davy Jones

        Ron meant "Only when Silent", so I would guess now it is just either vibrations or not.

        • http://twitter.com/tadejkolino Tadej Rudec

          So, if it's set to "Off" it doesn't vibrate while the phone is in the "Vibrate" mode ? That would be great. Because previous "Always, Silent, or Never" aren't working well on 4.2, because you also need the ringtone to be set to "Silent", if you want the Vibrate to turn off, but that way you loose sound notifications when the phone is in Normal mode. What a mess.

          • Davy Jones

            Well technically it should work that way, but from the way you describe it 4.2 sounds really buggy. Honestly, I think Google really should create a full fledged audio profile manager, it's the kind of thing even feature phones have. But ya, unless there was a bug fix all that happened is that we lost a setting.

    • Ryoko Y

      I too find it frustrating nit to be able to manage the vibrating more precisely

  • jammer

    So I installed this, but it didn't update my existing calendar from 4.1. I guess I will need to wait for gapps to be updated. SGS3 running CM10.0

    • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

      same here

    • blunden

      Gapps don't contain the proprietary calendar since most AOSP/CM-based roms use the open source version of the app.

      • Franco Fassio

        Any solution? Is it possibile install this app and remove/freeze the one in CM10?

  • leoingle

    Useless without monthly widget.

  • http://www.charmedproductions.com/ kizza42

    I really wish their Monthly view would show more than just blocks, S planner can fit text descriptions in the same area

    • Davy Jones

      Totally agree with this. I use an app called "Touch Calendar Free" specifically for this functionality, but it is ridiculous that Google hasn't integrated this into their own app. There is more then enough room even on a WVGA screen to display at least a few event titles.

  • Jdban

    Really needs to work on Google Now integration: http://i.imgur.com/7TAHZ.png

    The Now notification has no pulldown for navigate or anything, the Calender one does but didn't pop up til 10 minutes before I set the event.

  • nicereddy

    I really wish it was possible to change the color of events from apps. That's my biggest gripe, I use blue for need to complete and red for completed, why can't I change it from my phone?

  • Bob G

    Still going to stick with BizCal Pro but keep the updates coming and Google, I will use your Calendar app eventually!

    I really just want them to have a proper Agenda widget that doesn't only show the next 6 days!!

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    The location field should give an option to look up addresses from Google Maps.

  • http://twitter.com/onfire4g05 Justin Osborne

    I really wish they'd add a snooze for X time. Snoozing for five minutes is stupid.

  • digi_owl

    Still no granular repeat between daily, weekly and monthly.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    so can we add .bak to the end of the extension of the one built in gapps, install this one and it will work fine?

  • landovsky

    Does the direct call function work for anybody? I tried putting number into every field in every conceivable way but the "call" button wouldn't show up.

  • Anon

    Why the hell is the Widget limited to viewing the next 6 days only when it is scrollable!? Seriously frustrating to have to use a third party widget just for this.