Over the course of the past week or so, we’ve heard an awful lot about software projects Google has been working on, thanks to a multitude of leaks. There was that Chrome-based Hera project that sounds like it could be a very big deal for Android apps, evidence of work on a new user interface for a possible Android TV device, and a major refresh for Gmail, adding new categories, sorting techniques, and features. Today we continue with this thread, as new leaks reveal Google’s latest efforts to spruce up the Android Calendar app.
Right away, you’ll notice the big UI differences, with squares giving way to circles, new splashes of color, and generally just a brighter, less cluttered look to things. More than the static layout of on-screen elements, the new Calendar reportedly adds an attractive variety of transitions and effects, culminating in what’s been described as a “massive departure” from the app with which we’re currently familiar, while still offering the same core functionality.
New features could include a daily agenda reminder, sent to you via email, as well as integration with Google+ to populate your calendar with events related to your social circles, like when your friends’ birthdays are coming up.
At least, that’s how Calendar is looking right now. Not all of this will necessarily make it to the next official release, and Google could easily add or remove specific features, but this is still our best look at where things are going from here.