You can now create and manage reminders in Google Calendar

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Calendar Gets Reminders.

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. As someone who forgets what day of the week it is on a pretty concerning basis, I’m always on the hunt for the most efficient tech advancements in life organization. But now, Google has made it easier for you to get on top of your tasks as well as your events, and therefore become more productive, by adding support for reminders to its official calendar app. According to reports, numerous Gmail users have received a message from Google informing them of a new experimental service called “Inbox by Gmail”, which promptly asks to replace their Gmail account. With Google Calendar’s new Reminder feature, which lets you embed reminders and to do lists along with event information, I will hopefully join the world of real, on-time adults very, very soon.

To make it easier we’ve updated Gmail to redirect you here.” Google then gives those users the option to morph their Gmail service with the new Inbox service, which basically amounts to doing away with Gmail altogether, in favor of the new service. That means you can create a Reminder when you’re checking your email or just say “Ok Google, remind me to buy birthday candles,” and it will show up in Google Calendar. Google acknowledged that many Google Calendar users already use events for this type of functionality, or they have a to-do list that is separate from their Google Calendar. In addition, Google has added a “back to Gmail” icon in the Inbox menu, so users who don’t like the new experience can return to the old platform whenever they wish.

What’s more, Google Calendar automatically adds contextual attachments to your reminders, such as phone numbers for phone call to-dos and addresses for errands, so that they’re already on hand when you act on your tasks. Second, instead of having to create an event for each To Do item you have — answer Aunt Patti’s email, buy more paper towels, go running for the first time in a year — you now create “Reminders,” which remain on your calendar each day until you’ve officially completed them. As is true with other Google features, this app feature will pull information it deems necessary to your event or reminder, like an address for a restaurant or a phone number for a business, and add it to your item. For more recently updated apps, see also: Dunkin’ Donuts adds Apple Pay for card loads and reloads, Video streaming app Vessel boosts interaction with Threads, and Spendee finance app updated with budgeting and travel wallet features. Let’s say you were to have a meeting with someone, by setting a reminder and inviting the person using their email, they will get notified when the time for the meeting is arriving.

The Reminders feature is currently available only on Google’s mobile platform, for both Android and iOS, though the desktop version is expected to launch within the next month.

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