What you need to know Google has announced that it will integrate Tasks into Assistant and Calendar. Tasks will be used to set reminders, replacing Assistant and Calendar reminders. The transition will take place in the ‘coming months’.
Google has announced that it is making a big change to one of our favorite apps. In an effort to seemingly consolidate more of its apps and services, Google Tasks will soon be the go-to app for all your tasks.
The change comes after leaks that Google planned to remove Assistant reminders in favor of Tasks. On Tuesday, the company announced it would merge Assistant and Calendar reminders into Google Tasks in an effort to simplify its task management solutions.
As a result of this change, new reminders will be added to Tasks when you create them through the Google Assistant. That way, you can easily access them anywhere, so reminders and tasks can all be kept in one place across services. Google also highlights the ‘Add to Tasks’ button in Gmail and Chat as an example of how tasks can be created and viewed from different places.
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Google says the transition will happen “in the coming months,” when users will receive a prompt to try out the new experience. As part of the transition, goals and reminders will be removed from Google Calendar.
Google Tasks is one of our favorite apps, mainly because it’s easy to use and already integrates well with other apps in Workspace. It pretty much does what it’s supposed to do in the simplest way (we’re finally going for starred tasks!), and it’s already well integrated into Google’s apps. Further integration with other services like Google Assistant will only make a great app even better, and we can’t wait for the new experience to roll out.
In the meantime, this isn’t the only recent example of Google consolidating its apps. The company recently started merging Google Meet and Google Duo for a single video chat experience that spans both personal and work. The company also plans to end Hangouts in the coming months as it focuses its Workspace messaging efforts on Chat.
With this new Google Tasks/Assistant Reminders union, all we need now is for Google to get the job done by figuring out what to do with Keep, another app we love that does essentially the same thing.