Friday , August 17 2018


We’re a bit late to this one, but we only just received the update here yesterday, so please forgive us. Google Calendar has received an update this week, and it’s a bit of a significant one, so much so that Google actually took to publishing a changelog for it:

  • See more events at a glance with 7-day week view and pinch-to-zoom [phones]
  • Add Google Drive files to events. Drive will even check if everyone can open them.
  • Control whether birthdays from Google+ are shown in settings. You’ll also see the same changes on the web next week.
  • A new option to show week numbers in settings.
  • Import .ics files sent to you in Gmail and other apps

We’ve grabbed some screenshots so you can see what these changes look like as well:

Having a 7-day view in Google’s calendar will certainly please a lot of people (myself included) who want to be able to see a little further ahead, and see a bit more detail in the one screen. That said, the 7-day view can make things a little busy — it’d probably suit larger phones more than smaller. Being able to turn off Google+ birthdays is great though; I honestly don’t care when most of my contacts birthdays are, and I doubt you do either.

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Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Still won’t use it until they bring back month view with the ability to see details of each appointment etc.

Valued Guest

I was very disappointed when the update went to that rolling 5 day option (try scheduling a meeting for the same day/time but 4 weeks away with that rolling 5 day view. challenging and annoying) A calendar week is much better for planning and for booking future appointments. At the moment I have it set to month view just because the rolling 5 days was so difficult for scheduling appointments.

Valued Guest

I just can’t believe it’s still missing the ‘duplicate’ action. I have to use the full website to do this. Not even the mobile website has it. Do people keep recreating events from scratch when they are irregular in nature?

Paul Warner
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Not impressed with Google Calendar way prefer aCalender.

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Still waiting for a proper month view from the old version. :'(

Valued Guest

Long time over due. The new features, not the review. 🙂

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