No text alerts from Google Calendar after June 27th; messages will set off notifications only


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 The feature was originally made available before smartphones were around.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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24 Comments

1. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Ditching consumers...... again?

6. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

How can you be a 'consumer' of Android if "the feature was originally made available before smartphones were around"? Doh! Troll harder.

19. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

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. :/

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nice self portrait!

2. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

Calling in Techiexp aka Ordinary troll who always writes annoying essay in comment section. lol

12. LordLlama

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

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.

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Second option. He probably has nothing else to do btw we should have some type of report that actually works or moderators to check those reports and do something.

17. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Literally an attention wh*re, but she doesn't know that she's just being a laughing stock. Pitiful

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

^^^Here you see two (one) biggest tard(s) of PA^^^

24. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

That's bobbybuster and Khmerlovekhmer. Lmao.

4. phoenixdown

Posts: 3; Member since: May 31, 2015

^^^Ordinary BS

8. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Another account lol, PA you should really work on this multi-account issue

11. gaming64 unregistered

Problem is phoneArena doesn't review info of newcomers and just enables the account right away.*sigh*

5. phoenixdown

Posts: 3; Member since: May 31, 2015

^^^Ordinary BS

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It wasn't working ok anyway...

10. gaming64 unregistered

typical comment section today Oh here comes __________! _________ sucks balls The comment section just became bad medicine.

18. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Fanboys from both sides caused this, especially the IDIOTS aka PATRIOTS

21. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Every time something about Google or Apple is posted. PA need to clean out a little bit, it won't even take long, it's the same people.

14. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

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.

20. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

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.

22. ThePATRIOToverlord

Posts: 50; Member since: May 29, 2015

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.

23. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Right

25. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

Bobbybuster undisguised to replicate TechyXP.

26. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Are you stupid, is something wrong with your brain? What does your comment have to do with the article above? http://goo.gl/cdAgBu

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