In an update that hit Google Play Store yesterday, Google Calendar was updated with 54 extra holiday calendars based by country, as well as support for 41 new languages. The popular mobile app now supports integration with 143 holiday calendars in total, so if you ever happen to find yourself in Romania on a Tuesday afternoon and are wondering why every supermarket in the area is closed, you can now check whether you’ve had the misfortune of visiting on a national holiday with just a tap. Alright, it’s more like half a dozen of taps, but it’s still probably faster than trying to look up this very specific information on a mobile browser.
So, onto the specific taps in question, in order to add a country holiday calendar into your recently updated Google Calendar app, open it, tap the menu icon in the top left, select Settings, then Holidays, and at last touch the name of the currently selected country. From this screen, just scroll to your country of choice and tap its name to integrate its holiday calendar into your app. Naturally, this technique can also be used to add holidays of multiple countries into your app at once, and removing them is as simple as just tapping the name of an unwanted country calendar from the very same screen. In an unlikely case that you can’t find the aforementioned options, Google formally announced that the planned roll out period of the latest version of its Calendar app is three days long, so it’s possible it won’t be until Saturday before you can download the latest version. However, this is standard practice for widely used apps and global roll outs often take less than what’s announced, especially where Google is concerned. Also, it’s definitely confirmed that the update is already available in North America and Europe.
As for the languages Google Calendar, they are – in an alphabetical order – as follows: Arabic, simplified and traditional Chinese, Dutch, (British) English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese of Portugal, Russian, Spanish of Spain, Latin American Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Romanian Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. It’s an impressive list and comes just in time for Google Calendar’s 10th anniversary which is only a couple of months away. Of course, just in case you’re not satisfied with Google’s mobile calendar app, there’s plenty of alternatives to choose from.