Google Calendar update lets you reply to event invites from within Gmail

by: Andrew GrushDecember 16, 2013

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Over the weekend Google updated its Calendar app to version 201308023, listing the only change as “bug fixes and performance improvements”. While most of the update’s changes do seem to be pretty small, there at least one useful change that has arrived with the app that for whatever reason was not highlighted by Google in the change-log: the ability to reply to Calendar events from Gmail.

In the past, the only way to respond to event invites was to be pushed over to the Calendar app. Once you responded, you’d then have to go back to the Gmail app to keep reading. With the latest change, you are now presented “yes”, “no” and “maybe” options directly through the Gmail notification email with no need to switch back and forth between apps.

This might not seem like a major deal, but it’s considerably more convenient. If you’re wondering whether or not a Gmail update is also needed for this to work, the answer is no. Apparently the Calendar app handles this process without any changes needed to the Gmail app.

Although the Google Calendar app continues Google’s tradition of rolling out in stages, the update appears to have already arrived to Google Play for most Android users. For those that have already downloaded the update, have you noticed any other changes besides the new calendar invites system?

  • Emmanuel van den Brûle

    that’s so cool !

  • AndroidBoss

    Anything but Google+

    • AbbyZFresh

      You have a Gmail account you’re already using Plus. Just not the actual social networking site branch of it. Deal with it.

  • gommer strike

    well – of course this should be a feature. I know we’ve taken this feature for granted with Microsoft Outlook – but when Samsung and HTC have this feature working just perfectly with their native email/calendar clients – and not to mention iOS had this working – I hate to say this, but it’s about time.

    Now all Google has to get working, is having their email client handle cancelled calendar events properly(there should be button that says “Remove from Calendar”, which ACTUALLY DOES IT. The user should not have to look at the message, and then go manually delete the event from the calendar himself(because the email app won’t do it).

  • ash

    I had this version but today I looked again and found that it has now Indian holiday’s as check box to be checked earlier it only showed my mail id to sync. Now it has Indian Holidays below that I checked that and it added holiday into my calendar. It need to work on holiday dates and support more holidays.