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Google Calendar Turns 10, Becomes Intelligent With The New ‘Goals’ Feature

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Google, on the 10th anniversary of its Calendar service, announced that the application is now ready to mature and change. Until now, Calendar worked like most calendar apps with reminders and to-do-lists etc. But now, the tech giant is introducing Goals, its whole new machine learning-powered feature.

Goals will allow you to set personal goals and agendas. The only thing you have to do it add the goal and answer a few questions related to it like “How often?” and “Best time?” The app will then take care of everything else, looking at your schedule and penciling in that goal.

Not just this, Calendar will also automatically reschedule your goals if you add another event that’s a direct conflict with them. It will also automatically adjust the timing of your goals throughout the week. And say for once, you cannot work on something Goals is pestering you about, you can easily defer it and Calendar will automatically reschedule it, not allowing you to slack.

Now for the drum roll, the new app will work based on a deep learning algorithm. This means that the more you use it, the better Calendar will be able to help you out in the future. The service, apparently will learn from everything you do on it from scheduling and editing a goal to deferring or completing it, Calendar will take it all in.

Calendars should help you make the most of your time—not just be tools to track events.

writes Jyoti Ramnath, Product Manager in the blog post announcing the development.

So as Google Calendar turns 10 today (?), we’re excited to invest in more updates like Goals, and to help you find time for everything that matters—from your daily must-dos, to exercising more, to just a little “me time.

The service is currently mobile-only. You can get it for Android or iPhone right here. This means that you can enjoy goals on your Android or iOS devices. There’s no word from the web giant, as of yet, about whether or not we’ll be seeing a web/desktop application with the Goals update.


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