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In April, Google Calendar for Work and Education received the ability to “find a time” when your coworkers are free for a meeting. Now an update to the Android app adds a similar “when you’re free” feature to all personal Google accounts when scheduling an event.

After choosing what day an event is on, Google Calendar will list 30 minute time increments throughout the day. Periods that have a conflict still show up with the name of the conflicting event appearing underneath. Google Calendar on the web has long had a visual timeline to easily find free times. Unlike the “find a time” feature on Google Apps for Work, there is no conflict resolution for events added by other people.

In recent months, Google Calendar has added a bevy of new features based on machine learning. Back in April, a new Goals feature added to mobile intelligently finds a time for your personal goals. Calendar learns the most optimal time to add an event by gauging signals, like if an event was snoozed or if your schedule that day is particularly busy.

Other recent features include smart suggestions and adding relevant information to an event. Version 5.5.7 is rolling out now via the Play Store.

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