• Brad McNallyBrad McNally, 8 years ago

    Really thorough exploration, great job!

    At this point it doesn't seem like a calendar anymore, but what Google Now could become.

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    • , 8 years ago

      Thanks so much! This does bear a ton of resemblance to Google Now. I imagine that Google wants all of their apps to be extremely intelligent, predictive, and assistive (Now, Calendar, Inbox etc).

      Some people may prefer the Calendar UI (which has an organization that all people understand) to Google Now (whose order isn't as apparent). Google wants to be able to serve people with both preferences effectively.


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  • Miguel Solorio, 8 years ago

    While this concept is very interesting (very similar to the way Google Now operates) you end up loosing sight of your primary objective for a calendar app: getting the details regarding your event. I agree that adding interactive content can enhance the experience, but that should be secondary. As a long time Google Calendar fan (with multiple calendar apps) I don't feel like this solves any issues that other calendar apps are trying to solve, it just adds noise.

    For example, what would this look like in a real scenario where you have real images and multiple events for days? What does the month view look like? What is the experience like for an event that has little details and no contact photos? This is definitely an interesting concept that has a lot of potential, but I think there are usability issues you'd want to consider to solidify the design + experience.

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    • , 8 years ago

      "I don't feel like this solves any issues that other calendar apps are trying to solve..." That's the point! It's much harder to be successful when you're doing what everyone else is doing. Peter Thiel gave a great talk about this which you can find here: https://clip.mn/video/yt-5_0dVHMpJlo

      "... it just adds noise" Sorry you feel this way. All app connections would be opt-in, as would event suggestions. [There would also be app-level settings]. What would you like to see in a future calendar?

      Regarding usability:

      This concept is based off Google Calendar's current iOS app. The mechanism for changing views (in app bar menu) would remain the same. The views themselves would remain the same as well ("Schedule", "Day", "3 Day", and "Week"). I just tackled the "Schedule" because I saw the most potential in it, and I needed to limit the scope of the concept [ie mocking every view would have been too time consuming].

      Here was my reply to a commenter who asked about overlapping events (screenshots included): https://twitter.com/brianclnelson/status/620751740720189440

      Here was my reply to someone who asked about events without much media on reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/3d5pxd/amazing_google_calendar_concept/):

      For the purposes of this concept, I chose media-heavy examples. If no (high-quality) media is available to display, none will be displayed. I agree that it's much better not to display an image than show a low quality or ambiguous one.

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  • Arjun PenemetsaArjun Penemetsa, 8 years ago

    Nice! Very thorough. I do believe this is the general direction that it will be going towards, but I almost feel like the integration would be at the OS level (Google Now is obviously doing this), not tied to one particular app.

    Also, curious about your thoughts on app engagement for all those integrated apps. The exploration aspect goes away.

    Also, came across a somewhat similar concept with expanding iMessages.


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    • , 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

      Thanks for the feedback and interesting questions, Arjun!

      I think that this will happen at both the OS and apps levels. Apple will index apps in iOS9 and allow you to search for app content from spotlight search (swipe down). Android is also making this content available at the OS level with Now (swipe left).

      Google wants control in Apple devices too, but can't operate at iOS's level, so it must try to do so through apps. Apple, on the other hand, wants to keep its walled garden to attract people to their ecosystem (and keep them there).

      Great question on app engagement. This, like Facebook Instant Articles, would likely be controversial. Some publishers would prefer for traffic going to their app/ site so that they can show ads without sharing any revenue.

      Let's pretend you're ESPN though-- you have two options: A) Not integrate with Google Calendar [though Google Calendar could still show the score in the Calendar anyway, using your search history or inputted favorites as it does with Now]. Pros: more ad $. Cons: Less brand exposure.

      B) Integrate with Google Calendar. Pros: More brand exposure. Less ad $.

      Different publishers/ developers would likely make different decisions.

      There has been a lot of conversation about messaging as a platform. Here's a cool perspective I found recently (references at the bottom are insightful too): http://whoo.ps/2015/02/23/futures-of-text

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      • Arjun PenemetsaArjun Penemetsa, 8 years ago

        Cool concept with the messaging as a platform (I was actually trying to search for Messaging as a service (MaaS) before) .

        Regarding the engagement, that's an interesting observation, I would definitely be interested to learn more about this model. Also, I'm wondering if Google would sidestep the app anyway when it can get info. using publicly available data or APIs.

        It would be an interesting affiliate based model where one app drives traffic to multiple apps and gets a cut.

        Context sensitive information is probably the current big thing for mobile (Siri's app/data search, Google Now and deep linking to app specific pages). I would love to see something that is OS agnostic and integrates across mobile/web/desktop (maybe the next level to something like Pushbullet but smarter).

        BTW, iOS9 is also moving to left swipe for Siri/Spotlight Search :D

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  • Wouter RamakerWouter Ramaker, 8 years ago

    I like the concept, it's well worked out and seems like a logical next step of current developments. I miss some of the standard information like location and participants. If you add a location now, it already enables a direct link to navigating to that address. And adding participants could lead to discussions on the level of a calendar entry (same as Facebook events).

    On a side note: The feeling 'm getting is; In the future, everything will do everything. Google/Android is trying to do this. So is Facebook, so is Apple. All are trying to create sectioned off experiences of interaction with your friends, of exploration of suggested content, and of handling your planning. No need to use your browser or other apps anymore. And I'm not sure how I'm feeling about that.

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