Google Calendar is adding new chips to make hopping between months a breeze

What you need to know

  • Google Calendar’s Android app now includes a dropdown menu beneath the current month’s view, offering quick access to navigation chips for seamless month switching.
  • Users can preview up to four months ahead and easily scroll left or right to select a desired month.
  • Despite being part of a specific app version, the update is likely rolled out server-side, ensuring widespread availability.

Google Calendar just ironed out a pesky little annoyance we’ve often faced when planning months ahead. The Android app now makes switching between months a breeze with new navigation chips.

On one of our devices with Google Calendar (version 2024.13.1-624115131-release) installed, there’s a new dropdown below the current month’s view. Tapping on it brings up a row of chips that allow you to jump between months on the go.

You can check out about four months ahead (but it might vary based on how big your screen is), and you can scroll left or right to pick a month quickly, whether it’s in the future or the past.

The change was first spotted by former Android Police editor Manuel Vonau, who noticed these chips in the Schedule view on the app (via 9to5Google). You can find them snugly nestled between the monthly calendar and the agenda list. The same is true for the Day and Week views.

As you can see in the screenshots below, the chips do take up a bit of space in those views, but it’s not really a big deal given how small they are. Meanwhile, the chips are located right above the dates in the Month view.

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Google is adding a built-in Dashcam feature to Android phones

Google appears to be working on a native dashcam recording feature for some Android phones that could run in the background for up to 24 hours, and it sounds pretty great. 9to5Google grabbed screenshots of an update to the Personal Safety app for Android phones with the option that appeared to be part of an internal test that was accidentally uploaded to Google Play.

The app apparently uses compressed video to save space and lets you turn your screen off or pop over to another app — say Waze or Google Maps — while recording continues in the background. You’ll also be able to set up triggers, like connecting to a specific Bluetooth device, to begin recording automatically as soon as you start your car. And you can configure it not to record audio.

Recordings will be automatically deleted after three days (you can save specific videos to prevent this), and recording will automatically stop at 24 hours. 

Dashcam apps are nothing new, as there are plenty in both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store, and many of them can even run in the background. But if you’ve ever tried to use your smartphone as a dashcam, you already know the limitations.

Recording hours of high-resolution video quickly gobbles up storage (though dedicated dashcam apps like Droid Dashcam let you configure recording resolution), and your phone, which probably already runs warm if the camera is open long enough, gets super hot when it’s sitting in the sunlight pouring through your windshield while recording video or using a GPS app.

Another issue is whether or not an app is considerate of things like optical image stabilization, which can be damaged by the tiny vibrations some engines, such as those on motorcycles, generate (something I experienced years ago while

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