After releasing a brand new service called the Google Inbox last week, the search engine giant today unveiled a completely new version of another popular app, the Google Calendar. The new look app which will only be available for Android users at present will allow users many useful tweaks- the most noteworthy being the ability to turn emails into events automatically and seamlessly, flight and concert ticket bookings, hotel reservations, and so forth. Google says that these events will be updated in real time if there is a change, such as a follow-up mail regarding changes in flight timings.
Means, if you get an e-mail confirmation for a flight, hotel reservation or any other scheduling notification, Google Calendar will automatically pull in the details so you no longer have to flip between apps or screens to copy and paste the details. Events also will be updated in real time, so if your flight gets delayed, for example, Google Calendar just might know about it before you.
The new version of the app also comes with a new feature called the Assists for manual addition of events entry into the app. This feature works like a contextual auto-complete and suggests titles, people and places as typed. It provides suggestions as users type in names, places and events, like “Date with Susan” or “Meeting with Japanese client at Park Plaza”.
Besides the above mentioned features, the Calendar app’s new Schedule view gives more visual appeal to the app by including photos and maps of the event places.
“Your calendar is more than just a list of dates and times-it’s your life! So Calendar’s new Schedule view includes photos and maps of the places you’re going, cityscapes of travel destinations, and illustrations of everyday events like dinner, drinks and yoga. These images will bring a little extra beauty to your day, and make it easy to see what’s going on at a glance-perfect for when you’re checking in from your phone or tablet,” noted Ian Leader, Product Manager, Google, on the blog post.
The new Google Calendar features are available for free on the latest Android version, Android 5.0 Lollipop. It will become available to Android 4.1+ devices within the next few weeks, while an iPhone version of the app is still in the works.