Last week, we were tipped off to some new changes that could find their way inside Gmail, but we also heard Google was experimenting with some changes to both Calendar and Hangouts. Unfortunately we didn’t get any visuals on the latter two at that point in time, but the deed has been done today for Calendar.
While Gmail had a lot of functional changes, it doesn’t seem like Google will be doing much in that way for Calendars. Most of the differences here are purely visual, which — if you’ve ever used the current calendar app for an extensive amount of time — is enough to satiate most people’s appetites.
The app will do away with harsh lines and muted colors for a more cheerful, colorful look and feel. Circles will naturally highlight the days on the calendar as months move by. The agenda view will color-code all your day’s important objectives in a way that’s obvious and begs for attention. And clicking a birthday cake, well, it’ll show you those days where you are reluctantly forced to be nice to someone.
Google is also said to be infusing a bit more social capability into this thing, though we’re not sure to what extent just yet. Just as with the changes to Gmail none of these are guaranteed to make it into the final experience.
In that same breath, it’s worth noting that there’s no telling when we’ll see the changes, but we bet Google’s hanging onto a few surprises for their upcoming Google I/O conference (the registration process of which has been postponed until next week). Let’s cross our fingers for the tri-fecta, which should hopefully culminate with the much-needed changes to Hangouts.