No text alerts from Google Calendar after June 27th; messages will set off notifications only
posted by Alan F. / May 31, 2015, 12:47 AM
Starting on June 27th, Google Calendar will no longer send text (SMS) alerts. The feature was originally made available before smartphones were around. With notifications available on smartphones "you can get richer, more reliable experiences on your mobile device, even offline." Google says that to receive notifications on your smartphone, you should use the calendar app that comes with the handset. Another solution is to install Google Calendar for Android or for iPhone from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, respectively.
Google Calendar will still shoot out text alerts for work, education and government workers, at least for now. Google didn't say how long these guys have to find an alternative. Those who can afford to upgrade to a smartphone from their current device should do so. Those with a smartphone who haven't turned their noifications on can click on the sourcelink to get the directions on how to set up notifications.
So to recap, June 27th is the last day that text alerts will be sent from Google Calendar. Google wants you to use the notification feature on your smartphone to receive the messages that were being sent by text. If you already have a smartphone, make sure that your notifications have been turned on (again, click on the sourcelink). If your device cannot receive notifications, it probably is not a smartphone. If you need these alerts in a timely fashion and you don't own a smartphone, you should pick one up as soon as possible.
source: Google via VentureBeat, Engadget
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Ditching consumers...... again?
posted on May 31, 2015, 12:54 AM 2
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How can you be a 'consumer' of Android if "the feature was originally made available before smartphones were around"? Doh! Troll harder.
posted on May 31, 2015, 2:26 AM 10
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I don't think he was talking about being a "customer of Android", but rather a user/customer of Google Calendar. I used to use SMS notifications for calendar events, and even still set them up for some co-workers who did not have smartphones even back a few months ago. Personally, I guess I don't care that they're gone, but I can see the possibilities of using SMS for triggers in services like IFTTT...but then again, I guess they added the availibility to action based on Google Calendar events a while ago too. :/
posted on May 31, 2015, 10:55 AM 0
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Calling in Techiexp aka Ordinary troll who always writes annoying essay in comment section. lol
posted on May 31, 2015, 1:37 AM 7
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Are there really 6 people who have +1'd this? Or is the 'patriot' person really signing in and out of accounts to make himself more popular? If so, he must have way too much free time.
posted on May 31, 2015, 7:41 AM 3
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posted on May 31, 2015, 1:55 AM 2
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Another account lol, PA you should really work on this multi-account issue
posted on May 31, 2015, 3:39 AM 4
typical comment section today Oh here comes __________! _________ sucks balls The comment section just became bad medicine.
posted on May 31, 2015, 5:00 AM 4
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First let me ask why there isn't a single real comment on this subject? Oh wait we are on PA. Smh Anyways this pisses me off as I use this feature all the time. Google is one step away from having me look at other options for an OS.
posted on May 31, 2015, 7:46 AM 0
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But it's not an Android-only thing, so why would this turn you off Android?... I'm sure that a miniscule percentage actually take advantage of the Calendar SMS, I am not one of them, I turned them off after I received e-mail, SMS and notification on the same event. And most of the time I am more likely to have internet than signal to receive an SMS. It's annoying to some, but in the age of smartphones, is anyone really gunna cry over this? Pick up a basic smart phone for £50-£100, maybe less second hand, if all you wanna do is use it like a regular phone anyway, but with the extra benefit of internet and all that jazz.
posted on May 31, 2015, 11:06 AM 0
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the iPhone and iOS are garbage. you are being forced to pay a premium for a device that has premium specs from a few years ago, not today. My old galaxy note 2 with the S pen and 720p amoled display and quad core processor is better and faster then the iPhone 6 while having more features then the iPhone still.
posted on May 31, 2015, 11:13 AM 0
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