Those who use Google’s Keep application are likely familiar with the “reminders” function which allows you to set a reminder for notes. This helpful little reminder feature has just been added into the latest version of Google Calendar along with a handful of other tweaks and changes. This makes it easy to get a sort of to-do list type of use from the Calendar app, and might actually satisfy the to-do list needs for some users so they don’t have to install a separate application to get those functions. These changes should be live in the latest version of the app already, which you can either update or download from the Play Store.
Along with the ability to add reminders into your Calendar app, Google highlights some of the benefits of using reminders over simply creating a calendar event. One big detail is that with reminders, it takes a page from the book Inbox by Gmail and automatically enters in key details like addresses and phone numbers for contacts, so if your reminder is to meet someone at a specific destination or to call them ahead of time, these bits and pieces of information are all entered in by the reminder feature so you won’t have to do it yourself, which could help to shave off a minute or two of your time spent with the reminder creation itself.
Reminders are also persistant, and won’t disappear until the progress of the reminders have been completed 100%. This allows users to track the progress of reminders over time if they need to. Reminders may be new to calendar but they certainly aren’t new to Google apps, as Inbox, Google Now, and Keep all have a “reminders” option as well, and Google has made it so that reminders work across your Google account so setting a reminder from one of those apps will automatically place a reminder into Google Calendar so you don’t have to fiddle with it. If you haven’t seen the update to Google Calendar yet, that’s because Google has stated that the update is beginning to roll out this week, so it will be visible for some users but not for all immediately. If you don’t want to wait you can grab the link to the apk file below.