Echo now connects to Google calendar
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I am just on my phone so just a quick note on this.
You can now connect your Amazon Echo to your Google calendar.
You do this in settings, calendar services.
Once you do, you will be able to verbally ask your Echo questions like these:
“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?”
I will test this out when I get home.
Update: this is a fascinating expansion of the Echo’s capabilities!
It was interesting to me that I couldn’t connect the Echo to my Google calendar until I was home with the Echo. That makes some sense, but I would have guessed I could do it through the app without needing the Echo…apparently not true.
Also interesting: it knew my Google account (I didn’t have to enter it), even though the e-mail address is not the one I use with Amazon. I suspect it took the information from my phone. I actually have two different Google accounts with different e-mail addresses (I use one for home, one for work), and it picked my home one.
Setting that up was easy, and it was ready to go.
Sure, hearing my appointment is nice, but here’s the thing: this allows me to send things from outside of the Echo to the Echo.
My Significant Other and I could agree that, say, 7:47 is a time we used not actually for appointments, but for communications.
I could then set up an appointment for 7:47 and call it, “I’ll be working late…please feed the dogs, and I’ll miss you.” Then, my SO could say to Alexa, “What’s on my calendar for 7:47?” and the Echo would give that message.
This is just the beginning…much more to come. I think we will get the ability to add things to the Google calendar verbally, but again, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
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