Google Calendar for Android may soon get a much-needed quality-of-life update. The company is readying chips to quickly switch between Event and Task when creating a new calendar entry. Currently, you have to decide up-front whether you want to add an event or a task. If you accidentally pick the wrong option, you will have to start over and lose all the information you have already entered.
Google Calendar will make it easier to switch between Event and Task
Google’s Calendar app is a powerful tool for keeping track of events and tasks. Along with calendar events, it shows tasks from the Google Tasks app. Creating new entries is fairly simple too. You tap on the “Plus” FAB (floating action button) in the bottom right corner of the screen, select between Event and Task, and proceed to enter the details such as reminder time, repeat settings, and more.
However, the current method has a quirky flaw that can be annoying at times. You cannot switch between Event and Task once you start entering the details. The option you selected from the FAB is final. If you incorrectly picked one when you meant the other, you must go back and start afresh. Details you have already entered are lost and cannot be preserved.
Google is fixing this with new chips for Event and Task on the creation page. The chips appear below the Title field at the top. The default option is Event but you can quickly switch to Task with a tap. Most importantly, this switch doesn’t erase the information you have typed up, including the title and date. Even if you select the wrong option at first, you can correct your pick without losing anything you have entered before.
The chips are still in development
The new chips were spotted inside version 2023.48.0 of the Google Calendar app for Android. The feature isn’t live for users but app researcher @AssembleDebug could enable it. Subsequently, 9to5Google got it up and running. This suggests the feature is almost ready for a public rollout. However, there’s no timeline available yet. We will let you know when we have more information.
Meanwhile, make sure to keep the Calendar app updated to get new features early. The existing FAB isn’t going away, so there’s no change to how you do things currently. But if you ever need to quickly change a calendar entry from an event to a task, the new chips will come in handy. You can click the button below to install the latest version of Google Calendar from the Play Store.
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