You probably already realized this, since we wrote up three Google apps with updates before noon, but yes, today is Wednesday and that means Google is unleashing new goodies upon us. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the updates that have already rolled out today (some yesterday too), along with download links and details to their changes (if they have any). A bunch of these updates are minor bug fixes, but a few do have substantial changes.
Should other apps receive updates, we will try our best to update the list.
Go get ‘em! (more…)
The new Google Calendar 5.0 update is now available on Android for Lollipop users (everyone else over the coming weeks). This is the the best Google app redesign I have seen yet, and I’m not sure that it is even close (that includes the Gmail 5.0 update I just wrote about). And so you know, this is coming from someone who lives and breathes in a calendar all day, every day. I have tried all the good calendar apps, even settling on Sunrise for months. Sunrise is awesome. But it’s not as awesome as this new Google Calendar.
I have been playing with it for a few days now on the Nexus 6, trying to form some opinions on it as we led up to today’s launch. Here they are. (more…)
Upto Calendar, one of our staff favorites for calendar alternatives on Android, received an update today that introduces all new widgets. These widgets can be customized by color theme, visible calendars, size, opacity, and more. The update also brought with it a spruced up interface, so that you can quickly toggle between agenda or day views. There are updated date and time pickers, as well, that look much more like Google’s. (more…)
Sunrise, a popular iOS calendar app that made its way to Android (and the web) a few weeks back, received a solid update today that features support for other apps. Those apps include SongKick, Evernote, Github, Asana, and Tripit, so that you can add concerts directly into your calendar, receive reminders, synchronize travel plans, and see changes in real-time to projects.
Other apps will be introduced in the feature.
The update is live on Google Play. (more…)
When it comes to calendar apps for Android, there are plenty to choose from on Google Play. It is easy to rely on the official Google Calendar or the one of many calendar apps that come pre-installed on any given device, but they are never all that good. Sure, they do their job, but are never all that extensive with regard to special information. Third party calendar applications allow for so much more, and the newest one to hit Google Play, called Sunrise Calendar, is worth a look. (more…)
UpTo Calendar received a major update on Android today, bringing it inline with its iOS counterpart and taking it from Android widget to full-blown calendar app with multiple layers. We have had the pleasure of testing the new app for a couple of weeks now and can emphatically say that this calendar app is awesome.
First, you have the UI that is both beautiful and functional. There is the Android-inspired hamburger menu to the left that can be reached with a swipe, a scrollable calendar list with moving day indicator as you move up and down your list of appointments. You can change to daily, weekly, monthly, or Agenda views, check your inbox for calendar requests, and of course, quickly add new calendar items. But these are all just your regular calendar fixins’, what else can UpTo do? (more…)
If you are one of the few people out there who cannot live with the bland look of the Calendar in stock Android, but cannot bring yourself to leave the high level of functionality, Today is a calendar app for you. Despite being derived from the same base as the stock Calendar, the developer touts the app as a “truly beautiful app,” given the UI overhaul he has given to it. (more…)
Rumors and reports are flying around the Android community this week, surrounding a new piece of work from Google, reportedly titled Project Hera. Giving credence to the speculation are various screenshots which have been taken from various testing devices, showing off an updated look for both Gmail and Calendar.
Not only will Google look to revamp the look of these two applications, but the company will apparently attempt to bring a uniformed aesthetic to all major Google applications system wide. (more…)