Google Calendar Adds Reminders

Google Calendar Adds Reminders

Dec 7, 2015

Google Calendar is getting smarter by way of a new build that is available now.

According the Official Gmail Blog, folks will be able to incorporate to-dos into their mobile workflows in a new way, and the really cool aspect is that the method integrates across Gmail, the aforementioned Google Calendar and Google Keep.

Excerpts from the post:

Now there’s a single way to manage your day: starting this week, you can create Reminders in Google Calendar to keep track of your to-dos alongside your scheduled events.

Reminders stick around
You might already create calendar entries to remind you to call the doctor or pick up groceries on the way home. But while those entries come and go, Reminders stick with you over time so you can track them until they are actually done. If a Reminder isn’t completed, it will appear at the top of your Calendar the next day. And the next. When you do finally call the doctor or pick up those necessities, just swipe the Reminder away … and you’re onto the next to-do.

Reminders help with the details
Another way Reminders are more useful than events is that Calendar adds things like phone numbers and addresses automatically. So if you add a Reminder to make a call or run an errand, the number or address will be right there when you need it. Just like Inbox by Gmail, Calendar uses information from your contacts, as well as Google’s knowledge graph to provide this extra bit of help.

Google Calendar, Keep and Gmail are all free on Google Play.

A video explaining the new system are below:

[via Official Gmail Blog]

To Do Mapr Helps Plot Out Errands

To Do Mapr Helps Plot Out Errands

Jul 17, 2012

To Do Mapr is another to-do list app that lets users add tasks with a notification timer alerting them at a specified time. Notes and tags can be added to tasks as well. But what makes this app unique is its mapping features.

Users type in a destination and a time that they want the task at that destination to be done. A list of destinations matching the search are shown on a Google map, which can then be added with a time to the list. Once all the destinations have been added, the app can then plot a travel course, showing the path that users will take, along with estimated distance, time, and fuel usage. This is extremely handy when running errands, to show just how to drive between different destinations. While it’s possible to view traffic in the app, there’s no way to send directions to turn-by-turn navigation yet. EDIT: The developer points out in the comments below that tapping on a pin will open up directions to a destination in Google Maps.

To Do Mapr is still a potentially useful tool, and is available for free from Google Play.

GTasks Review

GTasks Review

Aug 16, 2010

GTasks, by developer Dato, is my favorite To-do list app. In the shadow of the ever-popular Astrid, GTasks is an unsung hero. Why? First, because it’s simple. Face it, if it’s over-complicated, you won’t use it. Astrid is too complicated. Second, it syncs with Google flawlessly. Astrid can’t.

Did you know that Google has an integrated to-do list in Google Calendar? It’s great for people like me, who need to write at the top of their list, “#1 – DO NOT LOSE THIS LIST.” Gtasks syncs with Google calendar in two directions; allows you to organize your lists into categories, and the colors, categories, and more will all show up in your Google calendar page. I’ve found it very helpful to have my to-do lists in several places, instead of only on my phone, or vice-versa.