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Google Tasks replacing Assistant ‘Reminders’ in Calendar

Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Google Assistant had lost the ability to set both location-based reminders and assigned reminders. It looks like a bigger change is underway as Google Calendar’s old assistant reminder system has been replaced by Google Tasks.

About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” post, we decompiled the latest version of the application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When you decompile these files (called APKs for Android apps), you’ll see various lines of code in the hints that indicate potential future features. Please note that Google may or may not ship these features and our interpretation of what they are may be incomplete. However, it will enable something close to completion and show what it will look like when shipped. Keep that in mind and read on.


“Google Reminder” has long been integrated into various first-party services. Of course, there are Google Assistant, how to access it on the web from assistant.google.com/reminders, and Google apps, Keep, Calendar. Still, despite the prominent placement, the visual access method on Android is so devastated that the experience is a bit outdated.

Google Calendar 2022.24.0.x (not yet widely published) reveals that “reminders are currently a task”.

Use tasks to get notified about what to do and track them wherever you are in Google Workspace.

On calendar Android and iOS (non-web) clients, you can create reminders or tasks from the FAB (floating action button). In calendar view, the latter is marked with a round checkmark logo, while the former uses a string tied to a finger.

Google Tasks is a Workspace solution for creating and managing tasks with tight integration with Gmail (dragging to create on the web) and sidebar availability across other apps. It’s available to free users, but most consumers take advantage of reminders, especially when it comes to first-party integration with assistants.

Meanwhile, Google Calendar says, “All reminders are still available in Google Keep.” It’s a bit strange in itself, considering that the Keep app only shows reminders assigned to notes, not the entire to-do list.

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Despite the string introduced today, which calls the change “reminders_migration”, there are many unclear points about how everything is implemented. At the very least, you won’t be able to create reminders from your calendar, so it seems to leave Google Tasks integration as the only service available.

However, it’s unclear if the existing reminders will turn into tasks or be permanently removed from the calendar. Notes-taking apps are more consumer-oriented, but the continued persistence of reminders in Google Keep is a bit strange.

Finally, sideloading a new version of the calendar today doesn’t trigger the migration prompt, so it’s unclear when all of this will happen.

In a broader sense, it’s clear that changes to Google Reminders are underway. Earlier, I did a lot of work on the “memory” feature of the Google app. This can be an intended replacement once the dust has settled.

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