Until now, Google Calendar was only available on iOS via Google Sync. Now the company has finally released a native app for Apple’s mobile platform.
Because the app has the same features as its Android counterpart, it also has the new additions from the last major revamp in November. At the time Google promised that “yes, we’re also working on a version for iPhone” but didn’t offer a release date.
First and foremost on this feature list is Events from Gmail, which automatically converts emails into Calendar events wherever the app thinks it necessary (if a time, date, and location are mentioned in an email, that’s usually enough to trigger it). Also included are Assists, which make suggestions for things like places and contacts to save you time creating events. Finally, the new Schedule View (pictured at the top of this article) makes your calendar easier to scan by showing you everything on your calendar in a timeline view.
In short, the iPhone app has all the major features of the Android app; it’s not exactly a 1.0 release. The app even features Google’s Material Design look specifically for iOS.
In addition to the main features, Google Calendar for iPhone works with all the calendars that are already set up on your phone for both normal Gmail accounts and Google Apps accounts. In other words, this is meant to replace Apple’s Calendar app on iOS.
While Google revamped Google Calendar for Android four months back, it also updated the app again just two weeks ago. The company made some changes and fixed a lot of bugs based on what Android users were reporting.
From what we can tell, these fixes are also in the iPhone app. Now all Google needs to do is bring all of the above to iPad as well.