When we buy an Android phone, we get many preinstalled apps that we think are of no use. Likewise, we get the Google Calendar app that we think is just for seeing the calendar, but that is the big mistake of the people who think like this.
Google Calendar has many features that can make your life a little bit easy and stress-free. Key components you would want to see on your schedule are included in the menu on your Google Calendar app. You can choose to show or hide the following by checking or unchecking the appropriate boxes:
In your settings, there are hidden selections. Consider starting with the General page, where you may set the calendar to display week numbers, events submitted by other users that you rejected, and entries with a duration of fewer than 30 minutes. You may even enable and disable the video conferencing feature for events.
Last but not least, the app lets you easily toggle whether you want Gmail to automatically add entries like flights and other bookings to your calendar by going to Settings > Events. Use this tip to decide which feature of Google Calendar you want to see and can hide those that you don’t want to see.
Google Calendar for Android adds ‘ Today’ button on all screens
Google Calendar app allows users to organize their schedules as it offers various views to display events and tasks, such as day, week, or month. However, users may sometimes need to check the current date while browsing the calendar but the existing option to return to the current date’s view may disrupt the user’s navigation.
For that, Google is introducing a minor improvement to the Calendar app which is the “Today” button. It will display the current date on every screen. The date will appear between the search icon and the account switcher. It will resemble the application’s icon on Android 13+. This way, you can see the date without leaving the screen you are on.
At the moment, this change is only for phones, not tablets. Tablets will still show “Today” for the button. You need version 2023.36.1.x of Google Calendar for Android to see this change. If you don’t see it, you can restart the app.
Google Messages updates its home screen design for Android users
Google Messages has a new home screen design and the company is rolling out it to all users. The app now has a prominent Google logo and a search icon on the top bar. The navigation drawer has been replaced by a profile avatar that opens a menu with options like Archived, Spam & blocked, and Device pairing. You can also access app settings from there.
The search feature has been improved with a grid of categories to filter your messages. You can quickly find your Starred texts, Unread messages, Images, Videos, and more. You can also delete OTPs automatically after 24 hours from the settings.
However, the Message organization feature that grouped messages by All, Personal, and Business has been removed. Google wants to emphasize the RCS experience that it offers with this app.
The new home screen design has been in beta testing for months and is now available to stable users. Google has not officially announced it yet.
YouTube kills the affordable ‘Premium Lite’ subscription
YouTube is ending its cheaper “Premium Lite” plan that offered ad-free viewing for €6.99 per month. The plan was only available in some European countries including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden since mid-2021. This plan will be discontinued after 25 October 2023.
The “Premium Lite” plan did not include YouTube Music, offline downloads, or background playback, unlike the regular YouTube Premium plan. YouTube says the company is working on different versions of Premium Lite based on user feedback.
YouTube Premium recently increased its prices for individual plans to $13.99/month while family plans cost $22.99/month. YouTube has also been trying to block ad blockers on its platform.
Many users want a more affordable option to watch YouTube videos without ads. YouTube Premium Lite seemed to be a good solution, but it was not widely available. It is unclear if YouTube will launch a similar plan in the future.