Google Calendar Makes Its Debut on WearOS

In a much-anticipated move, Google Calendar has finally been introduced to WearOS, offering users a seamless experience in managing their schedules right from their wrists.

Key Highlights:

  • Google Calendar is now available for Wear OS.
  • The app integrates with Google Tasks, allowing users to mark events as complete.
  • Users can view a daily calendar with detailed event information.
  • Two new Wear OS tiles provide quick access to upcoming events and tasks.
  • The app is more for consumption; users cannot create new events or tasks from the smartwatch.

A Seamless Integration for WearOS Users:

When Gmail was introduced to WearOS last week, it left many speculating about the arrival of its counterpart, Google Calendar. The wait is over as Google Calendar has been officially launched for WearOS. This move ensures that smartwatch users have comprehensive access to their daily schedules. As initially identified by 9to5Google, the app, once installed, appears as “Calendar” on the launcher. It offers a more enhanced version of the schedule view that users are accustomed to on their phones.

Upon opening the app, users are presented with a daily calendar that provides detailed information about events, including precise location details, notes, and notifications. The app also allows users to confirm their attendance for any saved event or even delete it. For those who prefer a larger screen, the calendar app provides an option to view any date or event on their smartphones. Special occasions such as holidays and birthdays can be displayed as background images in the app’s main feed.

Integration with Google Tasks:

One of the standout features of the Google Calendar app for WearOS is its integration with Google Tasks. This allows users to mark specific events as complete, providing a holistic approach to task management. However, it’s worth noting that the app is primarily designed for consumption. This means users cannot utilize the app to create new events or tasks. But, to enhance user experience, Google has introduced two new Wear OS tiles. These tiles offer users a quick overview of their upcoming events and tasks without the need to open the full app.

Availability and Future Updates:

For those eager to get their hands on the Google Calendar app for WearOS, it is now available for download on the Play Store. Users can search for “Calendar” in the wearable version of the Play Store or opt for a remote installation via the app listing. As Wear OS 3 and Wear OS 4 continue to evolve with new features, it’s evident that older versions of the smartwatch operating system will see some tools being phased out. For instance, Google recently announced that its voice assistant would no longer be functional on watches operating on versions earlier than Wear OS 3.

In Summary:

Google Calendar’s introduction to WearOS marks a significant step in enhancing the user experience for smartwatch wearers. The app’s integration with Google Tasks and the addition of new Wear OS tiles ensure that users have a comprehensive tool to manage their daily schedules. As Google continues to innovate and introduce new features to Wear OS, it will be interesting to see what other integrations and enhancements are in store for the future.