Quick thoughts on the new Google Calendar iPhone app

March 10, 2015

Today Google released the much-anticipated Google Calendar app for iPhone (yep, no iPad support yet.) It’s free on the App Store and is worth a look, but I won’t be using it.

I had a lot of fun using Inbox, Google’s recent Gmail app, until Outlook for iOS stole my heart. Point being: Google has been cranking out some quality producitivty apps for iOS, and I’ve grown fond of their material design look and pleasant combination of power user features and simplicity.

However, there are a few key features preventing me from using Google Calendar for longer than five minutes. For one, and this is probably an issue for very few people, I’ve grown to rely on using the app icon badge to display the current date, something which Fantastical does fantastically. (Hah!) Second, there’s no landscape support to be found, which, on the iPhone 6 Plus, is a huge lost opportunity. Finally—the biggest problem of all—the app’s damn name is so long that is displays as “Google Cal…” on the homescreen, which is absolutely hideous. Unusably hideous.

I had high hopes for this app, but it just doesn’t pack the necessary features (or looks) to draw me away from my beloved Fantastical.