Google Calendar beefs up iOS, Android mobile apps with Reminders

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Calendar Gets Reminders.

But is handing out its users a gentle shove with the debut of Reminders for its Calendar mobile apps for both Android and iOS driven mobile phones as it seemed very user-friendly and easy to handle. Google Calendar added support for reminders on Monday, allowing users to track things that they need to do but don’t have a set time for alongside scheduled events.Not only does Reminders help a person maintain one single integrated list but also gives the user to follow it up from any device where the Calendar is synced.

Gmail has had a “to-do” feature for the longest time, but it was pretty useless, as it was a simple standalone, one-off feature that probably graduated from Labs at one point. Vijay Umapathy, a product manager at Google, stated in a blog post Monday, “Our calendars should help us make the most of our time — scheduling meetings at work, remembering brunch with friends, and keeping track of all our other commitments.” He added, “But often our to-do list is elsewhere, separate from the Calendar that organizes our day, and we end up overcommitted or miss something important because we forgot to check our list.” Reminders are designed to be used as a to-do list for users, flanking the Calendar events. When someone adds a reminder to their Google Calendar, it will stay with them until they complete it (or delete it), so they’ll keep getting told to schedule that doctor’s appointment or go to the grocery store.

To assist users keep tabs in case they have forgotten about reporting a reminder all in all, they will lie in the Calendar up until designated as finished. Reminders also integrate with other Google services, so ones that users create within Google Keep, Now or Inbox will also show up in Calendar, and vice versa.

Combining those services means that users can set reminders using Google Now’s voice assistant capabilities, review them while looking over their daily schedules, and then mark them as complete when going over email. For instance, Calendar has access to a bank of contact information of a user, so Reminders can display phone numbers and addresses routinely when needed. Reminders will be released to iOS and Android powered mobile device users within this week with the promise of a web variant eventually getting rolled out too. Just like Inbox by Gmail, Calendar uses information from your contacts, as well as Google’s knowledge graph to provide this extra bit of help,” Google writes in a blogpost.

Reminders are also more powerful — they won’t stop bugging you till you actually mark them ‘Done’. “You might already create calendar entries to remind you to call the doctor or pick up groceries on the way home.

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