On Wednesday, Google announced a new feature called Goals in Google Calendar for its iOS and Android app.
Google Calendar turned 10 on Wednesday, and to celebrate, Google wants to help its users achieve their personal goals. This feature allows users to set goals (such as, "Do yoga 3 times a week") in Calendar and the app will find time in your schedule for your goal. Pre-set goals include Exercise, "Build a Skill," and "Me Time," but the Goals feature in Calendar can be customized for whatever a user's resolution may be. This feature works best if users normally the tiniest details about their lives into Calendar in advance, as Goals schedules the activities around when it thinks a user is free. If a conflict comes up during a user's scheduled goal time, Goals will automatically reschedule; users can also defer a goal at any time to reschedule it. Goals uses machine learning, so it will get better at scheduling with use. Goals in Google Calendar is rolling out to iOS and Android users now and may launch on the web at a later date.
"Calendars should help you make the most of your time—not just be tools to track events," said Jyoti Ramnath, Product Manager, in a blog post about the new feature. Google said that it is "excited to invest in more updates like Goals, and to help you find time for everything that matters." In December, Google added a new reminder feature for Calendar, also on Android and iOS first. The reminder feature rolled out to the web earlier this month.
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