16
Apr
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It's still Update Wednesday here in San Francisco, and just when I thought I was done for the day, Google decided to upload yet another new version of one of its core apps - Calendar v201404011. And it's a big one, folks.

What’s New

Location suggestions of nearby places

The main change in this update finally addresses (no pun intended) what I consider the most requested feature missing from Calendar for Android, which is actually present in Calendar on the web - location suggestions for places known to Google Maps. In fact, Google made the whole experience better on Android than the web counterpart, although after testing it out a bit, it's clear that more work needs to be done here. Let me explain.

Up until today, when making a new event, Google Calendar on Android only suggested locations of your contacts from your address book. On the other hand, Calendar on the web currently suggests locations from various places, powered by information in Google Maps.

Folks, I'm happy to report that the updated version of Calendar for Android now does both, which explains the newly added Access to Coarse Location permission. Observe:

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I don't know about you, but I've been longing for this for as long as I can remember. Can you say "finally" with me? Come on, all together now.

In my limited testing, the functionality still needs some work. For example, while I'm currently located near Ocean Ave, within half a mile from the Whole Foods on Ocean Ave, none of the suggestions when I typed in "Whole foods" included the one closest to me. It was only after I added "ocean" that the correct one showed up. I realize coarse location isn't exact, but as a feature, it still feels a bit broken. I'm sure Google will sort it out at some point.

Video conferencing support via Hangouts

Another useful addition in this update is support for video calls, which has been present on the web for quite some time now. Remember this?

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Well, now you can actually join the conference call, right from your Android device. For meetings with video calls enabled, just tap the new Join Hangout button, open it up in Hangouts, and at this point you'll be able to join the call. Interestingly enough, you don't join automatically - the extra step involves tapping the Join video call button you can see below. I do like that. What I don't like, however, is that you can't add video call support to a meeting created in the Android app. At least not yet.

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Both of the above additions are very welcome and, frankly, kind of overdue. If you spot something else, don't hesitate to point it out in the comments.

Download

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-201404011.apk.

Version: 201404011 (Android 4.0.3+).

MD5: 16aaa71f0643082a88b40c325d7010ef.

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Misanthrope

    The top missing feature is the ability to open invitations sent by email...
    I can't believe there is no way (except third party app) to accept a meeting request / ics file.

    • Cypress Frankenfeld

      Does anyone have recommendations for third party apps for doing that? I've not found one.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/106360864062878150997/posts Garrison Boone

    Finally.

  • alessiolarva

    Still no 'copy' or 'duplicate' event :(

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Yet there are still no actually good widgets, like Month View...

    Pass

    • turdbogls

      I'm sure you have been told this before...but check out "today calendar widgets" well worth the $2 or whatever it is....beautiful month and agenda views that sync perfectly with google calendar.

      sucks that they haven't updated their widget in like 2 years.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        See, I understand that there are alternatives and such, but the thing is - it's a shame that Google can't put simple things like this one in their own app, and simply encourage others to go 3rd party path and not even use a Google app a single time.

        Today as the alternative for Google Calendar
        Viral as alternative to YouTube
        Evernote as alternative to Keep
        and so on

        • turdbogls

          oh I completely agree. but until google decides to update to something more useful/beautiful, we at least have some really nice options.

          as for "today" it all ties right back into google calendar, so you are still using the service, just not the default app.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Which is, again, sad. Of course it is great when you have the freedom of choice when it comes to using an app of one sort (just look at all the browsers we have) and you are not limited to the app ecosystem of the platform holder, and if you out some effort - you can go asfar as replace all the Google apps with 3rd paty ones (well except for Play Store maybe), but it's also very disappointing and unfortunate that when it comes to some simple things like a month view widget for calendar - you have no choice but to actually go and pick a non-stock application for all your calendarious purposes...

            Let's just hope that one great day will come and Google shakes up and actually brings the good stuff into their somewhat lacking apps like calendar and calculator

    • xvfp

      DigiCal also has great widgets...Switched to them from Business Calendar.

      • http://theimaginaryworld.com/mrtoast_strolling.swf Thaddeus McToast

        Yep... great app.

      • merman1983

        I dropped Digical for all of 20 minutes trying out this update instead and now I'm back.

        #1 There is no way (that I can find) to actually snooze a notification... Let me repeat that NO WAY TO SNOOZE!?! I'm sorry, but I'd miss 50% of my meetings if I can't snooze event notifications. Sorry but I don't think I'm alone. How is this not an option?

        #2 The widget ... Android = Widget party. Google's suite of apps = horrible widgets (except the new News and Weather which isn't bad despite being white).

        I like the event creation options and other things, but it's not enough right now.

    • Simon Belmont

      I like Calendar Pad for month view. Though, it looks like it hasn't been updated in a while (it still works fine in KitKat, though).

      I like the agenda view for the most part that the stock calendar gives me. Other options would be nice, though.

  • Mirco

    Never missed the locations of various places on Android but still missing the location of my contacts in the web version. Hope, Google will fix that soon, too!

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    But still doesn't work without sync.

    • frafri

      its not supposed to.

  • Sophia Patel
  • wickets

    meh....where is share 'add to contacts' after a map search. In your example, you search for whole foods ocean ave, but if you want to add the address phone number etc to your contacts, its back to 1944 and youre manually typing in the the info

  • Layman76

    It really bothers me that none of your profile pictures are actually you.

    • GrayCircleHuman

      Yeah.... i thought I was the only one that felt that way. I always see his picture and I think who is that? Ohh i forgot artem is a protoss and not a human! But then again who am I to judge my profile picture is a gray circle and half of a gray oval sooo :/ ...at least im human!

    • Simon Belmont

      Artem's picture is on his old and abandoned blog website. It's really low resolution, though.

      I say if the guy doesn't want to use his real picture, that's his choice. Besides I like the Protoss picture.

      • Layman76

        I'm not holding it against him, it just bothers me personally. Like when a Facebook friends' profile picture is literally just their kid, not them with their kid.
        It affects me in no way, and I'm aware it's petty.

        • Simon Belmont

          Haha. My wife's Facebook picture (I don't use FB), right now as we speak, is a picture of our son with a big grin.

          Her profile banner picture is a family picture, though. To each his/her own, I guess.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Belmont family picture :P

  • John Smith

    i would love to be able to see past events BEYOND one year.

  • xvfp

    I would use the Google Calendar app if it had better widgets. I normally don't open up calendar apps, I normally manage them totally through the browser.

    This app has, however, made countless improvements since it's initial release, and I can't wait to check out what is released in the next version!

  • Matt R Carner

    No update yet for me. :(

  • http://androidaces.com/ Vishal Toshiwal

    Can anybody tell? How can I use hangouts features?

  • hyperbolic

    I just don't like to full screen design of Google calender.
    This is why I use DigiCal which uses the same functions of Google calender but shows activities for each day at the bottom.

  • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons

    The Android Police are my heroes.

  • The_Chlero

    The update is still not showing up in my place. I'm from Mexico on a GNex running stock 4.3.

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