Google has launched a stand-alone Android Google Calendar app onto the Google Play store. Previously, it was only available on Nexus devices.
The Google Calendar app can be downloaded now for free on Google Play, provided you have Android Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean installed. It brings a slick interface (with a nice stretchy pinch-to-zoom function), multiple calendar management and full calendar search.
You can also now ‘Snooze’ events directly from a notification, or send pre-set quick response messages like “Go ahead and start without me” to event participants in the same way. Google has also expanded the calendar sync period, so you can review what you were up to as long as a year ago.
The launch of a calendar app might not sound like a big deal, but it is on this occasion. If you’re someone who’s used an Android device for a while, or who uses their Android device rather a lot in day to day life, there’s a good chance you’re also heavily invested in the Google ecosystem. This means a series of connected, cloud-based apps that all feed off a single Google account and work with the Android OS (almost) flawlessly.
It’s one of the platform’s key advantages over major rivals with less well integrated services. Yes, we’re talking about Apple.
Prior to this launch, only Google Nexus owners could use the Google Calendar app. That’s a pretty small number of devices - a grand total of three, in fact. That’s a pitifully small number of devices for what is a pretty key application alongside the likes of Gmail and Maps.
Now another excellent Google app is available to the masses. Bring on the official Google messaging and contacts apps and the set will be complete.