Google announced an update that brings Gmail and Google Calendar closer together, with Gmail automatically adding travel-related events to your schedule.
The new feature, which adds events to Google Calendar based on information in emails sent to your Gmail account, is rolling out this week to Google Apps customers on desktop, Android, and iOS.
Whenever an email that contains flight, hotel, restaurant, or any ticketed event information lands in your Gmail inbox, it will be automatically added to your Google Calendar, check-in times and flight numbers included. Furthermore, if you receive an email that changes an existing event, that event will also be automatically changed in Calendar.
That means you no longer have to worry about creating Google Calendar events that include important information like flight numbers and check-in times. Furthermore, you also don’t have to update your events when a flight is delayed or a reservation pushed back.
The feature will be enabled by default (both on desktop and mobile Calendar), but users can choose to turn it off or delete individual events that were automatically created. The events will be visible only to the owner, even if the calendar is shared with someone else.
Events from Gmail aren’t available in Google Apps for Government accounts, though Google didn’t explain why. And of course, if you use a Google account that doesn’t have Gmail, the feature won’t be enabled either.
It’s nice to see Google is still actively working on Calendar. As far as Google apps go, Calendar seemed to be on the back burner for a while
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