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The Google Calendar Android app received an update this afternoon, introducing a brand-new interface for certain steps during event creation, as well as the option to custom color-code days / your entire calendar. The new interfaces for these features are actually quite pretty, focusing on a circle-based design aesthetic that is more reminiscent of the Android 4.2 clock app in some ways.


These aren't actually huge features in terms of functionality, but they should definitely give you an idea where the Calendar app is headed in future iterations. Time zones have been simplified to be easier to determine, and you also now have more powerful options for scheduling recurring events.

The updated app requires Android 4.2, and is rolling out in stages throughout the day. For more, check out this official Android blog post. Update: Google updated the blog post and replaced the minimum requirement of Android 4.2.1 with 4.1.


Official Android Blog

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.

  • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

    I kinda like the look&feel of this new UI. I hope to see more of that through the whole OS on the next Android releases.

    • acer1096xxx

      I was thinking the exact same thing, and I like the way they're approaching this new design. Instead of releasing a totally 'revamped' update like ICS, they are only making minimal changes to the UI itself (4.0-4.2.2 being relatively the same and 4.3 rumored not to be a huge update) and making major changes to app design. As a result, a lot of manufacturers can catch up on Android versions which reduces fragmentation while apps & design are still able to feel new. :)

      • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

        Yeah, it's very unlikely that they totally change UI directions again. But I like how they use white and grey tones differently than currently in the system, it feels much more natural.
        And this is exactly why I love Holo Light over Holo Dark :)

    • XBIRDIE98

      It will probably go open source in the next Android release. :)

  • anzensepp1987

    Finally! The missing of a color-selector was a major issue for me.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    Man, it looks gorgeous.

  • http://www.kylepetzinger.com/ Kyle Petzinger

    Very nice.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Android 4.2.1 minimum. :(

    No go on the Note II.

    • mrsbelpit

      Am I the only one that finds that a little strange?

      • Mike

        I can download it on my ICS phone.

    • mrsbelpit

      Yeah, the blog says 4.1:

      "(Android 4.1 or higher for custom event colors)."

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        They changed it later.

    • Ella

      The blog post is now saying "Android 4.1 or higher for custom event colors". Sounds like the rest of the features are still ICS and higher, and it's just the custom event colors that requires 4.1

    • Dennis

      I can confirm the Custom Event Colors working on 4.1.2

  • mrsbelpit

    Not live for me yet, but it looks outstanding.

  • aNYthing6

    I have 4.2.2, still no new style.

    • Kenny O

      same boat.....

    • Justin Winker

      It has to update through the Play Store. It should update within the next few days.

  • TRZ06

    My calendar version says 201212060 which matches the latest, but the UI still looks the same. Anyone else experiencing this?

    • Angel Penabad

      Same here, is that UI only for tablets?

    • Dennis

      The latest version varies per device. This update is 201305280. So you're not running it.

      • TRZ06

        Got it - thanks!

    • XBIRDIE98

      Looks like the staggered rollouts strike again!

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    at last.. i was waiting like 3 years to color code my appointments on my tablet and mobile as i can do using the browser!! happy to see this update!

  • mrsbelpit

    OMG, does that screen shot mean I can schedule something every 4 weeks instead of having to fuck around doing it monthly? I need my update!

    • Justin Winker

      You could do this on the website as well (alternating weeks instead of bi-monthly/monthly/etc.). Don't think it was available in the app though.

    • Simon Belmont

      This is what I've been wanting too. Well, except with every two weeks.

      I honestly don't know why they can't just add this into the app. It seems simple enough.

  • shadowx360

    If you guys haven't gotten version 201305280 yet, I uploaded the apk onto Dropbox:


    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      Thanks. Running AOKP's latest milestone on GNex. Android 4.2.2 and was only giving me 201212060!

      • Larizard

        sorry this post is like 25 days later, but my Calendar app is force closing on me since the update. I'm also in AOKP milestone on a GNex. Do you by any chance have a mirror of that apk? Thanks!

        • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

          Here you go: https://copy.com/FdjPGYKcR6kE
          Also if you haven't heard of copy where a referral link where we both get 5 extra gb's. Total of 20gb. Its my favorite cloud service so far.

          • Larizard

            Thanks! I factory reset and figured out the problem was on a custom ROM theme that i had running (JellyBlackFree). Calendar force closes because of it.

    • Jadephyre

      Thanks for that :)
      You wouldn't by chance have the new version of Google Play Music, would you ? ;)

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      Thanks. I had to disable the stock calendar app (com.google.android) to make this one show its flare. Would love to have this ui applied to whole app, not just event creation window.

    • Nadora

      Link doesn't work :(

  • Derek Clifton

    Where are all these cool new colors and stuff. I have the update from today and not seeing any of this on my S3

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

    STILL no event summary text for the 30 Day view. Most disappointing...

    • JonJJon

      It would be nice if they could do something about this for the higher resolution phone devices, maybe 540x960 and above perhaps, or eben just for 720p and above handsets.

  • http://www.gundamaustralia.com/ cameron charles

    wow, i dont have the update yet but judging by that screenshot its now possible and super easy to had fortnightly events, something sorely missing before, massive hoorah

  • jose

    I have 4.2.2 , and I don't have the upeate....yet.

  • Simon Belmont

    Does it finally let me make bi-weekly calendar entries? That is, once every two weeks.

    That would be cool if they finally added that. I can only seem to get this done on non-stock calendar apps.

  • Lorenz

    4G sign in statusbar in screenshots (in PlayStore)... Hm wait. Nexus 4 has no LTE.... Ohh i can hear the rumors... Greets Form Germany.

    • mechapathy

      Those screenshots are 512x288, which is 16:9, the aspect ratio of a Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus 4 is 5:3.

  • Dave

    So I have 201305280 on my S3 with CM10.1 (which is 4.2.2) and I still have the old interface. Is it a tablet only interface?

    • Kuyam

      I had this too, but then i cleared all data and reinstalled and it worked.

  • http://www.kamemmental.fr/ RockAndRock

    I don't received this update on my Nexus 4 :/

    • Huton Gergö

      No update on my Nexus 4 to

    • cypl

      Same here I have version 201212060 on my Nexus 4 and have not the option to upgrade to version 201305280 because it considers it as an older version ?!?

  • Slighter

    pretty never factored into my choice for a tool such as a calendar biz cal ftw

  • akaawol

    Please for the love of all that's good make the tasks shareable. We need this for our business as a way of seeing what is left to do and using our time more efficiantly.

  • Simon Liu

    Not getting an update on 4.1.2 wtf.

  • Tony Sarju

    Blargh, I just installed this app after not using it for months because the UI sucked and I got the previous version from the Play Store. Looks like my account has not been provisioned with the new version yet and that Dropbox link a few posts up with the new APK is dead.

    AP: Can you guys host the APK?

  • spydie

    that calendar really sucks and looks terrible compared to the one on my Note 2 (which I thought was google, but must have some touchwiz in it? Because it's beautiful compared to the new one.)

  • schneeland

    Does anyone else have problems with the color picker on Exchange accounts? The dialog seems to opens only for the blink of an eye, then closes again.

    • Remek

      Yep, same here :(