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Google Calendar now includes map location auto-complete suggestions and keyword-driven suggested searches for events. Google Search also got a handy tweak for car lovers.

Google Calendar is a service that countless people rely on every day. Without it, we would be totally lost. Birthdays would be forgotten, appointments missed, the world would descend into utter chaos and anarchy. So it is good news that Google has finally included some updates to a service that some have felt has been neglected for quite a while.

The first improvement ties in with another Google service which is a big favourite – Maps.  Now, when you are entering the details of an event, and you are adding the location, a “Google Maps auto-complete” will suggest locations for you, and you can choose the correct one.

This will then insert a link to the Google Map of the area, so your contacts, who have access to the event on the calendar, can click the link and make sure that they don’t get lost.


Now, let’s say you have a packed calendar, and you can’t figure out when you have a certain appointment with someone. Now you can enter keywords into Google Calendar’s search engine to bring up your existing appointments.

The last calendar improvement concerns Google Groups. You can invite people to a calendar event by sending an invite to a Google group.

Google says:

To help your calendar stay up-to-date with group changes, event guest lists will now automatically update as people join or leave a group. This way you don’t have to worry about missing any events organized by a new group you joined or having your calendar filled with events that no longer matter.

This brings us to the Google search tweak. You can now get detailed information about cars, which is useful if you are in the market for a new vehicle. By typing in a make and model (and the year it came out), such as “2014 Mazda3“, then you can be told vital stats such as “the size of the engine, its MPG, and pricing for different configurations“. Here’s the link for more information.

Source: Official Gmail Blog

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  1. Cheryl
    April 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Seriously, Google? "Meeting with the Drug Dealer" in Central Park? Is this really representative of the majority of the population? I'd love to know your motive behind that poorly thought out example. Not even remotely funny. Why not "Take the Kids to Central Park" or "Lunch date" in Central Park? Please quit trying to make activity that tears down the moral fiber of society, seem normal and cool. It's not!

  2. Christian
    December 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    And still, after i don't know how many request and messages in the google calendar group, the birthdays calendar still can't show the age of the birthday persons.

    • Henk van Setten
      December 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      That's because Google, that by now does know nearly every detail of anyone's life, personality and preferences, wants to generously leave people one little detail they don't need to know if it hasn't been shared - yet.
      You'll have to wait until advertisers begin to demand a more precise profiling-by-age tool. Then Google will try to fill in the birth dates gap.