Google has updated one of our favorite and most-used apps, Google Calendar, with an incredibly useful and important feature - notification dismissal synchronization across all your devices. Now, when you clear a notification on your smartphone, it won't show up on your tablet or from the web. This is a simple update, but it addresses a common annoyance with the Calendar app, saving you time and frustration.
Google announced this update at Google I/O 2013 back in May. Google has already added the updated notification sync functionality to Google+ and Hangouts, with more apps and services getting added all the time.
Google introduced Cloud Messaging at I/O 2013, and this Calendar update is based on that syncing service. Cloud Messaging is a new API that synchronizes your notifications across all your Google services and devices. That includes not just smartphones and tablets, but desktop and laptop notifications. Basically anything with an internet connection that makes use of the Google Cloud Messaging API. This will also sync notifications on Google Glass and the rumored Google Watch. Our hope is that more developers will begin taking advantage of the functionality that the API offers.
Google also recently added an "Add to Calendar" option in Gmail. Dates and times in an email are now underlined and you can click them to add an event to Calendar, without leaving the Gmail service. You just click on an underlined date or time and you will see a preview of your schedule for the day. Then you can edit the title, time and date of the event and add it to Calendar on the spot. The new Calendar event will even have a link back to the original email.
The Google Calendar update also includes bug fixes for Exchange accounts. Google has been staying busy since I/O, adding new functionality to its apps and converging services in ways that are incredibly useful for users. These updates will only continue as 2013 progresses, and are a constant reminder of why we love Google and continue to use the great services they provide for us.
The Google Calendar update is live in the Play Store right now. Check the app updates from your device, or hit the link below to get the update.