Google Calendar now nags you to go to the grocery store

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Calendar Gets Reminders.

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.

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. 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.

This resulted in the feature sitting on Gmail without users taking full advantage of it. “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. 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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