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Google Sync Brought to Nokia S60 Handsets

Gordon Kelly


NuevaSync may have been first, but over the air synchronisation got a high profile boost back in February when Google announced its Exchange powered free OTA service, something Nokia owners can now enjoy fully as well...

Google Sync has been expanded to cover two way wireless calendar and contact synchronisation with S60 based devices - something that could also reward S60 based Samsung i8510 and i8910 phones.

Setup is simple with S60 users given a download link for the software (available via the link below) and clear setup instructions (ditto). A potential caveat for some however is Google Sync operates solely in unison with a Gmail account though in my opinion it is head and shoulders ahead of other online mail services at this moment in time.

Furthermore, initial OTA synchronisation will blank existing handset contacts and calendar information so best get content into Gmail first via tools such as Google Calendar Sync as well as following the importing contacts guide.

In typical company style, Google Sync for S60 handsets has been made immediately available so head on over and prepare for one little part of life to become far easier...


Google Sync for Nokia S60 Handsets


May 26, 2009, 5:19 am

Once installed on your mobile phone does the Google sync app have to be running in the background checking the mail server every few minutes to see if there's a new email for you? I like Nokia S60 smartphones but I'm just not convinced they can offer push email as simply and effectively as Blackberries do. If I'm wrong about this please let me know.

Thomas C

May 26, 2009, 3:48 pm

Nokia Mail For Exchange offers about 95% of the functionality of the blackberrys do. I use it day in day out with out fault.


May 26, 2009, 6:50 pm

@Gdub - it uses the Microsoft Exchange system, so it works just as well - ie, very.


May 26, 2009, 9:01 pm

@Gordon & ThomasC - Please forgive my ignorance on this matter. When you say that Nokia uses the microsoft exchange system does this mean that the typical usage scenario is a person working for a company with an IT department that happens to use Microsoft Exchange and thus the Nokia phone can get push email through this system. Or does it also give the average joe6pack push email, even though he has a job with a company with no IT department, or he's so low on the totem pole they won't give him an email enabled phone. So he steals office supplies to make up for it.


May 26, 2009, 9:07 pm

@Gdub, sorry for the confusion I was referring to Google. The Google Sync service licenses Microsoft Exchange so it is available free to all.


May 26, 2009, 9:33 pm

@Gordon - I think I'm asking the wrong question. What I really want to know is does Nokia offer a push email solution that is as simple and reliable as blackberries for a person who uses gmail. Some people will say yes but then others will say no that solution is actually just an application that runs in the background and will check the gmail server every few minutes. This solution is bad because it drains the batter, incurs extra data usage, and doesn't offer immediate notification than an email has arrived. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.


May 27, 2009, 7:16 am

@Gdub - I don't believe so no. I see little point in it anyway for the battery impact as you mention. If you receive a lot of email in the day this makes it even worse. Just check your email when you need to.

As for Google Synch impact on battery life is minimal, it's push contacts and calendars. Unless you're changing information on these 20/30 times a day then you'll hardly notice it.

Also, get a flat rate data tariff - available cheaply from all networks these days - and forget about that concern.

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