Google Calendar has been updated recently, but a quick glance at the change log only finds "Bug fixes and performance improvements." What actually happened? Not much, but what's there is a doozy - replying to calendar events from within Gmail should now be a much less tedious experience.

What's New?

Now when you press Yes, Maybe, or No in an email invite, you will get a toast notification confirming your response. That's it - you're done. Before this update, users were thrust out to the calendar app with the event. From there we could actually respond, then go back to Gmail. It was a bothersome, unnecessary step that has now been removed. Here's a picture of the new functionality next to the old, for comparison.

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It may seem like something needs to change on the Gmail app's end for this to take place, but as it turns out, that's not the case. Upgrading from com.google.android.calendar-201308021.apk to com.google.android.calendar-201308023 is all you need to do.


The update is out, but if you don't have it yet, we've provided a mirror below.

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.calendar-201308023.apk

File Size: 2.5 MB

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  • Josh Legoza

    I'm hoping the this fixes the issue I've had for years where clicking the response in gmail brings you to the desktop calendar website to respond. It used to happen some of the time but since I think Jelly Bean its happened 100% of the time. Drives me nuts! Anyone else experience this?

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

      Yup, I did, it would bring up a calendar app and then if you click a few more times, it would start going to the web. This fixed it for me.

    • Stanislav Gruzdov

      Guys, after update, i've got a problem. I can't answer an invitation no more. When i click on "Yes" - nothing happens, but there's signs that calendar tried to open (when i touc screen few times, there's message, that calendar is not responding and i can wait, or FC it). Tried to uninstall Calendar update from market - then when i click "Yes" - browser with desktop version of Calendar's web-site opens (as before). Got it on 2 of my devices: Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2012), both of them are compleately stock 4.4.2.
      All invites that was tested was sent from iPhone, connected to different GMail accountCalendar.

      P.S.: if i've got a mail about invitation update, it opens in calendar with no problem.

  • Patruns

    Will this finally let me respond in the gmail mobile app instead of showing 3 attachments of which none can be viewed?

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

      That's the idea.

      • Patruns

        Nope, got the updates for both the calendar and the gmail app and still cannot respond in the gmail app... only in gmail on the web. Unbelievable that this is still missing.

  • Adam Truelove

    How about when changing an event from all day to not all day, don't make the end time a different day than the start time. UGH, how is this not fixed yet?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      Also, every time I restart my device, calendar forgets that I don't want a default reminder time for each appointment. I've had countless unwanted reminders for calendar events already.

      • lolo16

        You might want to check the settings for that calendar on the web interface. Each calendar has it's own default reminder that seems to override the Android app.

  • Adrian

    We want integration with Facebook Events.

    • Scott

      Uhm no.

    • Guest

      You can already import your calendar events using fb's supplied url - you just can't respond. This works for birthdays too.

    • Labrat

      HaxSync is you friend

    • natabbotts

      It's facebook that need to add support for this, not Google :)

    • Adam Truelove

      The less FB in my life, the better.

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      Who is "we?"

  • Mit10

    Can I just have a nice looking monthly view widget

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

      You can, via an app.

      • Mit10

        I have yet to encounter any decent looking ones that are free and show events on dates in some fashion.

        I like Google Calendar's monthly view. All I want is that same thing as a widget, doesn't seem like too much to ask.

        Instead we have those same, old, bulky schedule widgets that have been there for seemingly ages. For all the updates they're currently giving this app and for all of the apps they've recently redesigned to match their latest design trends, you'd think they'd have given calendar a visual overhaul by now in all aspects (menus, icons, widgets, etc).

        • sweenish

          Event flow calendar.

          • Mit10

            We have a winner. Thanks for this! I knew there had to be a lesser-known, well-featured widget out there with solid looks. Too bad it's so hard to find them.

          • Mit10

            We have a winner! Thanks for this. I love finding lesser-known apps with great looks and quality. Always so hard to find though.

        • Simon Belmont

          I like Calendar Pad. Been using that for years for month and agenda views.

          Here you go: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.ne.gate.calpad&hl=en .

    • mendy817
      • Thatguyfromvienna

        Sol Calendar is ugly as crap.

    • Ray
  • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

    Thanks! No luck of them finally finishing flattening out the widget, eh? Still got that 3D effect. blah.

    • Adam Truelove

      It's also freaking impossible to tell which day you're looking at.

  • Andrew Beard

    Now if I could do the same thing with ics invitations sent from Exchange it would actually be useful. Why the Gmail web interface can do this and the app can't I don't know.

  • usaff22

    Already had this app version? Haven't received any calendar app updates recently.

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

      Yeah, it's the last update from last week. We just only found this change now when responding to some events (here we come, CES).

      • usaff22

        Ah ok. I was kind of confused when I read the app version on my phone

  • Peter

    This update seems to have fixed my notification dismissal sync between all my devices. Was a feature released ages ago, but seemed to stop working a few weeks back.

  • Ashish

    I had this version but today I looked again and found that it has now Indian holiday's as check box to be checked earlier it only showed my mail id to sync. Now it has Indian Holidays below that I checked that and it added holiday into my calendar. It need to work on holiday dates and support more holidays.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Still no week/month widgets...

  • 744

    Lets hope they will integrate maps in the location field.
    Its really annoying that this field is not really location aware or can't search addresses.

  • ddpacino

    I started using Any.do's Cal as my default. The thing is just BEAUTIFUL! Smooth animations, lovely background pics and more. There' usually big reasons why I stick to Google apps over a third party, but I can't find a reason here.

  • idoesdroid

    Is there something I need to do in order to get the Gmail app on my phone to display invitations like your screenshot? On my phone (LG D800), I only get the invite.ics attachment and I don't see the body of the email at all.

  • Sophia Patel

    Col good looking.