The newly revamped Google Calendar app has some new productivity-boosting features, including better synchronization with other Google services such as Gmail and Maps, and the ability to pull in information from your personal address book. Those features complement a total visual redesign that makes the app more appealing and easier to navigate.
The new Google Calendar app is currently only available on devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop (for now, that's limited to the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet), but Google says support for Android version 4.1 is coming soon. Here are three features that make the new Google Calendar app better for work.
A mobile calendar can be a great tool for managing your schedule — if you can actually remember to use it. The new Google Calendar app resolves that issue by sniffing out schedule-based information from your Gmail account and automatically adding it to your calendar. That means that when you book a flight ticket or reserve a table at a restaurant, Google Calendar will find the pertinent information (date, time, location etc.) and automatically add it to your calendar. And once the event is on your calendar, you'll receive an alert when the time comes.
The new Google Calendar app is smarter than before, with the ability to pull in information from Google Maps and your personal address book to flesh out appointments. When you type, "Meet George at Frank's Steakhouse tomorrow at 8 p.m.," the app will automatically suggest people named Frank from your address book; selecting the right person will pull additional information such as his or her phone number and email address, into the event. The app will also look for named restaurants and other locations, and then pull in the address directly from Google Maps.
The redesigned Google Calendar app isn't just prettier; it's actually more functional, too. It offers a quick snapshot of your appointments when you start the app, complete with relevant graphics, such as pictures of guests pulled from your address book, and photos of locations pulled from the Web. That makes it easier to see your schedule for the day at a glance.
Originally published on Business News Daily.