You can cross another one off your list—Google Calendar is getting its material design update today for Lollipop devices, according to Google. It's not just the design, though. The new version of Calendar is adding some awesome features and new layouts too. It's a big, big deal. This is usually where I tell you we have an APK for you, but we don't (it's out "in the coming weeks"). We do, however, have all the details for you to salivate over.
Jewish holidays follow the Hebrew calendar, so their dates appear to move around each year. Now Google Calendar should be better able to help keep track of them. Google has rolled out the ability to select the Hebrew calendar in the web version of Google Calendar. This will enable users to see Hebrew dates alongside their usual ones.
Google Calendar is one of those services that just makes sense with Glass. Upcoming meetings, appointments, and events are the type of things that, at some point, all of us have wished we could be reminded of without having to make an effort. Now there's a new Calendar Glassware available that makes this a reality, at least for people who own a pair of Glass.
The app is essentially a pinned card to the left of your homescreen. Here, if you have any events, Glass will list your agenda. If you don't, then here is what you can expect to see.
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.
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.
At this point in my life, a solid 70% of everything I've ever said resides on Google's servers somewhere. If the company were to ever close its doors, those words would be lost to history. But that's about to change. Google's rolling out the ability to easily download a copy of your Gmail and Calendar data, so you can migrate it to another service when the unthinkable - or the inevitable - happens.
Gmail data will be provided in the MBOX format, while Calendar will shoot out your schedule as an iCalendar file. You can start exporting right away, but for the time being, most people will only have the option to export their calendars.
Do you need a good calendar app? Do you need a good calendar app that's freakin' beautiful? Then check out Any.DO's Cal, a top iOS iCal alternative that just made the jump to Android. Cal features all the stuff you need in a typical calendar app and then some, and wraps it all up in a functional, minimal, readable interface that focuses on content. It's a free download in the Play Store. We had a hands-on a with the app a few weeks ago, which you can check out here.
The core of Cal is its sync feature with Any.DO, a to-do list that we've written about before.
A small but very much helpful update was announced for the Google Calendar app today: sync of notification dismissals across multiple devices. And yes, this is a staged rollout, so you will have to wait patiently for the updated app to actually become available. Hopefully it won't take long.
That's really the only change, aside from the standard bug fixes. This new cross-device sync will not dismiss notifications for skinned calendar apps on devices like the Galaxy S4 or HTC One, of course, so you may just want to disable notifications for such apps and use Google Calendar exclusively at this point, because this is too convenient a feature to pass up.
Google has made a small change to the Google Calendar API that nonetheless could make a huge difference for developers and users. The Calendar API now supports push notifications - alerts sent directly to devices and apps instead of waiting for a client-side sync, a la Gmail - for updates that are practically instantaneous. The official app has had this for a while, but now third-party developers have access to this functionality, meaning that push notifications for subscribed Google Calendars can be sent to any app that supports the general Gcal API.
According to the Google Developers Blog, the change is surprisingly simple: here's an eight-line segment of code that illustrates how a subscribed calendar notifies an app, which then makes an API call to receive the update.
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.
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.
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).