Google’s various services and apps continue to be ones which offer a more cohesive and user-friendly experience. In fact, it was only the other day when it became clear that Google plans to retire its ‘Chrome to Phone’ app simply because the cohesiveness of the current Google ecosystem has now made a dedicated sync app like Chrome to Phone redundant. One of the apps which does still offer a relevant and great cross-platform service however, is Google Calendar.
For those using Google Calendar they will already be familiar with how useful and feature-rich Calendar is, beyond just providing you with the date. Adding to its functionality, a couple of days ago a new update arrived to the Calendar app and this one brought with it another element of cohesion by including the ability to add reminders which can be viewed on any platform which makes use of the Calendar app. Although you could already include ‘calendar entries’, the benefit of reminders is that they, again, can bring additional information to your reminders by syncing with your other Google known-data. If you need an example, then by setting a reminder to “Call Sally”, if the number is available to Google, it will automatically be included with the reminder.
It seems that was not the only new feature though, as Google also yesterday sent out a blog post detailing that as well as the reminder feature, the latest update also brings with it the ability to manually ensure all of your Google Calendar accounts are syncing properly. For any Google Calendar account you have, the slide out menu will now include an ‘Enable sync’ feature which will automatically sync whatever calendar you have selected. While this might sounds like a trivia feature, if there is an issue with your Google Calendar app and it is not displaying all the info you would expect, one tap of the button will essentially refresh the information from that specific calendar. As the enable sync feature is only shown when syncing is not activated, this will prove to be a useful fail-safe for Calendar users. You can see an example of how the new feature looks below.