Subscribe / Unsubscribe Enewsletters | Login | Register

Pencil Banner

Google Calendar spreads international cheer with holidays for 54 new countries

Derek Walter | Feb. 1, 2016
The 'Smart Suggestions' service now works with 30 different languages, enabling more users to quickly add new events.

google calendar material design
Credit: Google

Next time you’re headed to The Bahamas, you won’t have to worry about missing Majority Rule Day.

This holiday and several others that might not have been on your radar screen are among the celebrations from 54 different countries that can now be displayed in the Google Calendar app for Android and iOS.  

You can select a particular country and choose to display those holidays right inside your calendar.

holiday calendars animated 
Google Calendar is more festive and useful in a ton of new languages. Credit: Google Apps Updates Blog

Google Calendar’s smart suggestions feature also gets some international flavor, with support for more than 30 new languages. This feature autosuggests people and locations to add to a new calendar entry. A Google blog post outlines all the newly supported languages, which includes Spanish, Italian, German, and French.

Why this matters: Google Calendar is a major piece of the company’s apps suite, which is offered to businesses, academic institutions, government, and of course general consumers. It often gets better over time with such improvements, since Google is quite good at adding context to information with all of the search and language data it possesses. 


Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.