The side panel in Google Workspace apps provide quick access to Calendar, Keep, Tasks, and most recently Voice. Google Calendar on the web now features an add-on for Google Maps.
Update 4/19: After first appearing last year, Google today made official the quick access to Maps in the Calendar side panel. When creating events, the location field features a map icon to open the panel to that place. Available to all Google Workspace customers, it’s rolling out now.
Besides letting you quickly see place details and reviews, as well as making sure you have the correct address for an event, this integration allows you to “add trips to your Calendar to help arrive on time by knowing when to leave.”
Predicted traffic and transit at the future time of the event is used for a better estimate of travel time.
Original 10/12/19: The icon for Google Maps appears underneath Keep and Tasks on calendar.google.com. Tapping loads a search field, map view, and two tabs for “Recents” and “Saved.” That first tab is populated by queries from your other signed-in devices, while the second lets you browse Collections/lists.
When you tap on the top box, there are three suggested categories: Groceries, Takeout, and Hotel. Search in this add-on is identical to that of the full app.
Once you select a location, you get to see it in the map, while the bottom half features an image carousel and several shortcuts: Directions, Save, Send to your phone, and copy link. You can open the full listing to see hours, phone number, reviews, and “People also search for.”
Meanwhile, the directions feature offers the full experience with all possible routes shown, along with alternate modes of travel. At any time, you can open the current screen in maps.google.com to get a bigger view.
The Google Maps add-on in Calendar is very well done and feature-complete. Most users can get everything they need done from this compact experience. It’s fast and saves time, with the side panel being Google’s initial exploration into letting people access other apps in one screen.
It’s appearing on several personal Google Accounts this afternoon, but not Google Workspace.
More about Google Maps:
- Live View will overlay nearby landmarks to help AR navigation
- Maps dark theme starts rolling out for some on Android
- Google Maps can now overlay how COVID-19 cases are trending before you visit
- Maps for Android widely rolling out pill-shaped search field
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