Google today unveiled a no-brainer update to Google Maps: integration with Google Calendar. Rolling out gradually worldwide (so don’t be surprised if you don’t see it on Google Play just yet), the new feature means Android users will start to see their Google Calendar events on Google Maps.
For an event to appear on Google Maps, the address needs to be in the “Where” box in the Google Calendar event. The other requirement is that you need to be signed into both Google Calendar and Google Maps with the same account.
In addition to points on the map, you will also be able to see a list of your upcoming events. Open the sidebar menu in Google Maps, tap Your Places, and then Upcoming. You can also hide events from the map by tapping on them and hitting Dismiss.
Last but not least, Google Maps has a new personal content manager under the Settings tab in the side menu. Use it to toggle off what you don’t want to see on your map.
Update: A spokesperson got in touch to clarify that Google today also highlighted existing integrations in Google Maps: Gmail and Google contacts. Confirmation emails for hotel, flight, or restaurant reservations already currently show up on Google Maps — these bookings are also treated as “events” and thus show up in the Upcoming tab in Your Places. Google contacts appear on Google Maps as well, but don’t worry — these aren’t real-time updates. If you have trouble remembering exactly where all your family members, friends, and coworkers live, just type their name in the Google Maps search box, and their address will show up (as long it’s attached to their contact info).
Calendar events are probably the most welcome of all of the above, so it’s great to see this integration finally start rolling out.