Google has announced today that the official Google Calendar app for Android is going to see a big update with all sorts of automagical (their word, not ours) changes and an entirely new design. The update will be rolling out to Android 5.0 devices starting today, with a 4.1+-compatible version landing in the coming weeks.
The best thing about Google Now is just how well it does everything for you. You don’t ever need to ask for football scores; if you regularly check them, they just appear for you. The same goes for package tracking, the weather, news on TV shows you watch and more. Google Calendar is getting a little taste of this automagicalness with Assists and Events from Gmail.
Assists are a sort of autofill that work when making an entry in the new Google Calendar, but they’re much more complex and smart. You can start typing names, places and even frequently used words and Google Calendar will know exactly what you are talking about and fill in the details. No more hunting for phone numbers, email addresses or locations.
Even more automagical than Assists are Gmail events. With Events from Gmail, Google Calendar will essentially pull relevant information from certain emails in Gmail to auto-generate calendar events, complete with all the information you could possibly need. Get an email about a plane ticket you purchased? A new calendar event will automatically be added to your Google Calendar with flight numbers, check-in times, locations, delays and more.
Also new to Google’s huge Calendar update is a makeover to Material Design and the addition of a beautiful Schedule View, complete with images, easy to read headlines, illustrations and large chunks of bright color. It looks fantastic.
As we mentioned above, the new Google Calendar is rolling out to Lollipop devices today with a 4.1 and up compatible version launching in the coming weeks.