Latest Google Calendar for Android packs colour labels and other enhancements

Google is pulling out all of the organisational stops this week. Following the announcement of its new tabbed Gmail inbox, the search giant has also given its Android Calendar app a boost.

Google Calendar users can now customise events and calendar colours directly from their mobile Android device.

One of the calendar's most-requested features, colour customisation allows users to highlight urgent meetings and important birthdays, or just swap calendar colours on the go.

Meanwhile, Google software engineer James Kung suggested in a blog post that adding events is now easier "and more fun" with the redesigned date and time pickers — functions that allow users to schedule a dinner date or a friend's party "in a snap." The update also includes a revamped time zone designator.

Kung also pointed out a simpler way to schedule repeating events. "You can now set events to repeat every Tuesday and Thursday, every month, or every 7 weeks," he wrote. "It's completely up to you."

The latest version of Google Calendar works on Android 4.0.3 and higher, though the custom colour options are only available on phones packing Android 4.1 and higher. The app is currently available for free download in the Google Play store.

While colours are a welcome addition to those who have updated, some have already complained on Google Play that the app crashes often and needs more additions like a month-view option and the ability to attach Google Drive documents to an event.