At the beginning of this month it turned out that Google Assistant is lose the power to set both location-based and assigned reminders. There seems to be a bigger change underway as that old assistant reminder system in Google Calendar is being replaced by Google To Do.
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“Google Reminders” has long been integrated into several first-party services. There is, of course, the Google Assistant and how it can be accessed on the web from assistant.google.com/reminders, as well as the Google app, Keep, and Calendar. But despite having a prominent placement, the experience is a bit old and the way you access it visually on Android feels very run down.
Google Calendar 2022.24.0.x — which hasn’t been widely rolled out yet — reveals that “Reminders are now tasks.”
Use Tasks to receive and track notifications about your tasks wherever you are in Google Workspace.
Calendar’s Android and iOS clients (but not over the web) have long allowed you to create a reminder or task via the FAB (floating action button). In the calendar view, the latter is marked by the circular check mark, while the former uses a string tied to a finger.
Google Tasks is Workspace’s solution for creating and manage to-dos with deep Gmail integration (drag to create on the web) and sidebar availability in other apps. It could be used by free usersbut most consumers would turn to Reminders given its first-party integrations, especially with Assistant.
Specifically, in the meantime, Google Calendar will say that “All your reminders are still available in Google Keep.” That in itself is a bit strange, since the Keep app only shows reminders assigned to notes, not your entire to-do list.
Despite the strings introduced today, which refer to the changes as a “reminders_migration”, there are many unknowns about how everything will be implemented. At the very least, it looks like you can no longer create a reminder from Calendar, leaving the Google Tasks integration the only service available.
That said, it’s unclear whether existing reminders will be turned into tasks or removed from Calendar entirely. The persistent persistence of Reminders in Google Keep is somewhat odd, although the note-taking app is more consumer-oriented.
Finally, it’s unclear when all this will happen, as sideloading the new version of Calendar today won’t activate the migration prompts.
More generally, it’s clear that changes are underway in Google Reminders. We have previously worked in detail on a “Memory” function in the Google app and that could be the intended replacement once the dust settles.
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