Google is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Calendar service with the addition of a new feature in its iOS app that aims to help users meet personal goals.

The new feature uses machine learning in an effort to help users stick to projected goals by sending reminders and rescheduling around other events in their calendar if necessary.

Google Calendar Goals
Tapping on the new Goal option in the Add menu brings up a list of preset goal choices. Goal types include "Exercise", "Build a Skill", and "Me Time", or users can create their own.

After choosing a goal type, users are asked how often they'd like to achieve it and what time of the day is best for them, after which Google Calendar will attempt to automatically find an open slot in the diary and offer to send notification reminders.


If another event is added that conflicts with a set goal time, Google Calendar automatically reschedules it for another available time. Google claims that the more the feature is used, the better the app gets at choosing ideal times for set goal activities.

Google Calendar is a free download in the App Store for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

69Mustang Avatar
72 months ago
...whilst selling your personal information to health insurance and gym membership organisations.
Wow. Ignorant post is ignorant. Don't propagate the fallacy. Like 'em, don't like em. No biggie. At least be truthful.
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69Mustang Avatar
72 months ago
Sounds like he is being truthful. We all know Google collects your data from any of their services you use, bundles it and sells it to advertisers.
It would sound true only to those who don't know any better. Google doesn't sell customer information. Think about it. If they sold customer information to advertisers, the advertisers wouldn't need Google beyond a one off transaction because they would possess the customer information. They could advertise directly to the customer.

Don't want to write a book, but if you really wanted to know what Google actually does the info is easily accessible.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KALLT Avatar
72 months ago
Sounds clever. This is what I imagined a real ‘intelligent assistant’ would do. Being able to monitor certain things and engage with you through notifications, calendar entries, todos and such. It certainly seems as though Apple is heading towards this, but what they achieved in iOS 9 still falls short compared to what Google and Microsoft are doing. As much as I dislike Google, I admit that they sometimes have such delightful and innovative apps that make it really, really difficult to say no. Apple used to have such novelty in software too, but nowadays they are much more conservative about these things. Apple needs a bit more lateral thinking again.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LovingTeddy Avatar
72 months ago
Sounds like he is being truthful. We all know Google collects your data from any of their services you use, bundles it and sells it to advertisers.
If the advertised could give me some advertising that is specifically for me, why not? It is not like Google is giving away my identity. I prefer targeted advertising than being simply give me advertising.

If I am looking at PC, I rather get advertising about PC and deals. Not advertising about iPhone.

And Google don't sell your identity, they sell advertiser something to advertise. And I don't mind about that.
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thefourthpope Avatar
72 months ago
Seems like a nice feature. The "auto reschedule" probably makes it too easy to quit on whatever you're trying to do, but it's better than nothing. Schedules are crazy; I know sometimes mine feels like it could only be organized by an AI.
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Kebabselector Avatar
72 months ago
...whilst selling your personal information to health insurance and gym membership organisations.
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