It’s getting there… The recently launched Amazon Echo, aka Amazon’s way of trying to become the central, voice-controlled hub in your smart home, is slowly getting support for the major apps and systems that it frankly needs. Yesterday, a big one was just added: Google Calendar.
As someone who uses Google Calendar exclusively, that’s a big deal to me. The ability to say the following:
- “Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?”
- “Alexa, what’s on my calendar tomorrow at 9PM?”
- “Alexa, what’s on my calendar Saturday?”
- “Alexa, when’s my next event?”
With more features (hopefully being able to add events, Amazon…) coming “in the next couple of weeks”.
For anyone out there with an Echo, here’s how to set up Google Calendar on it.
1. Open the Amazon Echo app on your phone/tablet.
2. Tap on the bars at the top left then tap on Settings.
3. Tap on Calendar Services.
4. Tap on Link account on Google and then enter in your password on the next page.
5. When you see your name on the Calendar Services page, you are all set (you can also unlink the account by tapping that link).
Now you can use the phrases from above to at least have Echo check your calendar. Not amazing, but it’s a start…
Am I the only person with an Echo and Google Calendar?