Google Calendar now suggests nearby locations when you add an event

April 17, 2014
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Google is now pushing a significant update to its Calendar app, that adds the ability to select the precise location where an event or meeting will take place.

The feature has long been present on the web version of Calendar, but now the Android app has been updated to support it too. And, thanks to the location sensors of Android devices, the app is now arguably better than the web version, because it suggests places near you (extracted from Google Maps) when you use the search box.

The new feature is the reason why the Calendar app now asks for access to your coarse location in the permissions screen.

Up until now, Google Calendar for Android only suggested places picked from the locations of your contacts. So, if one of your contacts had his profile address set to New York, you would’ve seen New York in the list of available locations. Needless to say, that was not very helpful.

The new feature should be very useful for people that frequently schedule meetings in different places. Instead of having to write the location down in the event description or simply to memorize it, you can now rely on the Calendar app to do the job.

The update to the Calendar app (version 201404011) is now rolling out to users. Check it out in the Play Store.

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