Google Calendar Stories August 8

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There was a little bit of truth when people – especially in the early days of mobile – said that the iPhone was the best place to use Google apps. That’s definitely not the case today on Android phones, but I think a part of that argument rings true when comparing Google web services running on Chrome for Mac/Windows versus ChromeOS. Fortunately, that’s starting to change on Chromebooks as seen with one-click Google Calendar integration.

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Google Calendar Stories August 3

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Back in April of 2016, Google updated Calendar for Android and iOS with a tool to help you find time for personal goals. Amid another upcoming removal, Google Calendar is planning to get rid of “Goals.”

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Google Calendar Stories July 26

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Back in May, Google updated the UI for Calendar’s working locations to make it less obtrusive, and is now enabling the feature by default for Workspace users.

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Google Calendar Stories July 20

Google Calendar combating invite spam with ‘Only if the sender is known’ option

Touted as a way to keep your “Calendar free from spam,” Google is adding the ability to only have events appear if they come from a known sender. 

Google Calendar Stories July 5

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Last month, we reported how Google Calendar was laying the groundwork to replace Assistant Reminders with Tasks. More details on how the Reminders-to-Google Tasks migration in Calendar should work are now available. 

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Google Calendar Stories June 20

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At the start of this month, it emerged that Google Assistant is losing the ability to set both location-based and assigned reminders. A bigger change looks to be underway as that old Assistant Reminders system in Google Calendar is being replaced by Google Tasks.

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Google Calendar Stories June 13

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On desktops, emails are a big way people interact with Google Calendar invites and they are now getting a layout redesign focused on making them “more accessible and useful.”

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Google Calendar Stories May 10

Google Calendar working locations no longer look like all-day events

One of the ways Google Calendar supports hybrid work is by letting employees note their working locations, and an upcoming tweak will make that UI less obtrusive.

Google Calendar Stories March 27

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With the Pixel 6 and Android 12, Google redesigned At a Glance to be left-aligned and made it just open the Weather app by default. Android 12L makes it so that tapping At a Glance’s top line opens Google Calendar again.

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Google Calendar Stories March 25

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With the small business-focused Workspace Individual tier last year, Google Calendar gained appointment scheduling. Google is now bringing Calendar booking pages to the other enterprise and education Workspace tiers. 

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Google Calendar Stories February 7

Google Calendar making it easier to manage overdue ‘pending’ tasks 

Besides events, Google Calendar is getting ever deeper task integration. The latest lets you “easily see and manage your overdue tasks” from a new “Pending” section in Google Calendar for Android, iOS, and web.

Google Calendar Stories December 14, 2021

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Google is making a straightforward tweak to the Calendar mobile apps so that the first-party account switcher now appears in the top-right corner.

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Google Calendar Stories December 13, 2021

Google Calendar updates setting for preventing unwanted invitations from appearing

Google has “improved” the Calendar setting responsible for preventing unwanted event invitations from automatically appearing in your schedule.

Google Calendar Stories November 15, 2021

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One aim of the Workspace suite for Google is to adapt to the “future of work,” including the growing popularity of hybrid working arrangements. As such, Google Calendar meeting invites will soon let you specify how you’re attending.

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Google Calendar Stories October 29, 2021

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Following last week’s initial tweet parade during the Pixel 6 launch event, Google today gave another look at new Material You widgets for Android 12.

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Google Calendar Stories October 20, 2021

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Following a Material You redesign and new homescreen widgets on Android, Google Calendar is getting a new “Focus time” event type.

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Google Calendar Stories October 5, 2021

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Following the big Android app update that brought a Material You redesign and new widgets, Google Calendar is adding a nifty shortcut on the web to create meeting notes.

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Google Calendar Stories September 27, 2021

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Compared to other redesigns, Material You for Google Calendar is very straightforward, but the widgets do benefit from one handy tweak.

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Google Calendar Stories September 9, 2021

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Following the Gmail redesign last week, Google today showed off Material You for the key Workspace apps on Android 12. This includes Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Gmail, Meet, Sheets, and Slides.

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Google Calendar Stories August 30, 2021

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To help employees better manage their day, Google Calendar is introducing new “Time Insights” that let paid Workspace users see “how [their] time is spent across meetings and collaborators.”

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Google Calendar Stories August 18, 2021

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Google Calendar already lets you specify your working hours and earlier this year added support for split schedules. Google is now letting users share day-to-day locations in Calendar amid the increase of hybrid work environments.

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Google Calendar Stories August 4, 2021

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Chrome OS is preparing to offer access to the calendar from the quick settings area, complete with your Google Calendar events.

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Google Calendar Stories June 29, 2021

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In addition to different applications being accessible all on one page, Google’s vision for the future of productivity involves having those services be tightly integrated together. The latest example of this will see Google suggestions for 1:1s in Chat based on Calendar.

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Google Calendar Stories April 19, 2021

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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.

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Google Calendar Stories March 16, 2021

You can now snooze Google Calendar notifications in Chrome

Google is adding a small but highly useful feature to the Calendar website that lets you snooze notifications. This was a “top user request” that’s long overdue for the web client.

Google Calendar Stories March 8, 2021

Google Meet breakout rooms can now be set up before calls using Calendar

Over the past month, Google has announced a slew of upcoming video calling features for education and enterprise customers. Some of them are now rolling out, including the ability to set up Google Meet breakout rooms in advance using Calendar. 

Google Calendar Stories March 1, 2021

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In October, G Suite became Workspace and last month rolled out to education customers. A new “Workspace Frontline” tier is coming as Google lays out how it wants to help users adapt to the new hybrid working environment.

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Google Calendar Stories February 22, 2021

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Back in 2019, Google made the “Working Hours” feature in Calendar much more prominent to aid Digital Wellbeing efforts. Google Calendar is now adding support for split working hours, as well as creating repeat out of office (OOO) entries.

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Google Calendar Stories January 20, 2021

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Google is updating Calendar on the web with basic offline viewing functionality. This joins Gmail, Drive, and Docs/Sheets/Slides, though the new feature is currently only for Google Workspace accounts.

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Google Calendar Stories January 11, 2021

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Although not necessarily the best calendar experience, Google Calendar is a solid digital diary, but a recent shift to the search button to the top navbar might be one of the best simple UI changes in recent updates.

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Google Calendar Stories December 7, 2020

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Assistant has primarily been tied to your main email account since it launched. However, most people use and have several accounts signed in on their phones. Google Assistant now better reflects that reality with multi-account information access.

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Google Calendar Stories November 19, 2020

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Back in September, Google introduced iPhone and iPad widgets for Photos, Search, and YouTube Music. In addition to Gmail yesterday, Google Drive and Fit widgets are now on the iOS home screen, with Calendar and Chrome also previewed today. 

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Google Calendar Stories November 12, 2020

Google Chat adds Calendar shortcut for fast event creation

After announcing new unthreaded rooms last week, Google Chat is now adding Calendar integration for streamlined event creation.

Google Calendar Stories November 11, 2020

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Android users today can enter a “work profile” that partitions personal apps and those required by their job. Google, starting with Calendar, is making the experience less disjointed on Android 11 by surfacing both personal and work data.

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Google Calendar Stories November 9, 2020

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Over the past few weeks, Google has been replacing the logos and icons of some of its most beloved services, and the public reaction has been… mixed. Some people don’t care, while others absolutely hate the new icons. If you fall into the latter group, here’s how to replace Google’s new icons for Gmail, Calendar, and other apps with the older, arguably better versions on Android, iPhone, and Chrome.

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Google Calendar Stories October 6, 2020

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As part of Google Workspace, the company is rolling out new branding for its productivity apps. Gmail — as teased last month — will be getting a new icon, with Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Meet also following over the coming weeks.

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Google Calendar Stories October 2, 2020

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Google has been working on Tasks integration in Calendar for Android and iOS over the past year. The feature is now officially rolling out in the coming weeks.

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Google Calendar Stories July 13, 2020

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Following a minor layout tweak last week, Calendar on the web is getting a more substantial usability change to how you add events. Google Calendar’s pop-up dialog now lets you directly add more advanced event details.

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Google Calendar Stories July 7, 2020

Short Google Calendar events will no longer be displayed as 30-minutes entries

Some people live in Google Calendar and have picked up on how shorter entries are visualized in the exact same way as 30-minute events. This is now changing to “better reflect the true duration of the event.”

Google Calendar Stories June 15, 2020

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One of the better things about the old Android Auto, before it got redesigned, was its Google Feed-like home screen that offered useful things like your upcoming Google Calendar events. The latest version of Android Auto points to your car regaining its Google Calendar smarts, including navigation shortcuts.

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Google Calendar Stories June 12, 2020

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Back in July, we saw signs that Google Calendar for Android would pick up Tasks integration. Almost a year later, Google looks to finally be rolling out the ability to create, view, and manage Tasks in one app.

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Google Calendar Stories June 11, 2020

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Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, and other G Suite apps all feature a side panel that provides quick access to Tasks, Keep, and third-party add-ons. The Google Calendar widget available in the sidebar will soon let users directly edit existing events.

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Google Calendar Stories February 12, 2020

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Google Calendar is used by millions of people to manage their lives, organize events for work, and more. This week, though, a strange issue has prevented public Google Calendar embeds from working properly, but Google is aware and working to fix it.

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Google Calendar Stories December 17, 2019

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Google Calendar is now testing Google Tasks integration to help you get a better grasp of your to-do lists and daily agendas.

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Google Calendar Stories December 9, 2019

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If you have multiple calendars on your Google Calendar app on your phone, then you’ll know the pain of not being able to move events between calendars.

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Google Calendar Stories November 20, 2019

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Microsoft is set to allow you to add your Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar accounts to your existing Outlook.com accounts on the web.

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Google Calendar Stories October 24, 2019

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Since last year, G Suite web apps have had a very convenient .new shortcut to quickly open a blank Doc, Sheet, Slide, and more. Google Calendar now supports this time saver for creating a new meeting.

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Google Calendar Stories September 3, 2019

Google Calendar makes ‘Working Hours’ more prominent, enables by default

One place Google has been encouraging Digital Wellbeing and work-life balance is in Google Calendar. The “Working Hours” feature is now more prominent, proactive, and enabled by default.

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