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Google Sync Hits iPhone & Windows Mobile

Gordon Kelly


Google Sync Hits iPhone & Windows Mobile

Could the wonderful NuevaSync be out of a job already? I'd say that's a little premature (it still offers the better service currently) but Google has finally announced contacts and calendar OTA syncing for Windows Mobile handsets and the iPhone.

The concept is simple (and heavenly): the contacts in your Gmail account and the calendars in your Google Calendar (up to five) enjoy two-way synchronisation over the air with your handset. Furthermore, because the service uses push technology this will happen automatically as changes are made either in your Gmail/Google Apps account or on your phone.

Interestingly, a look at the fine print reveals for once it isn't Google which has concocted a killer software platform to do this but a simple deal with Microsoft to licence Exchange. It then passes on this service feely to end users who simply need to setup their handsets using the clear step-by-step guides.

As always Google is labelling this service a beta and lists limitations which should keep existing NuevaSync users clear for the meantime. Namely:

  • Only five Google Calendars can be synchronised with Google compared to Nuevasync's eight

  • Modifying recurring events does not always work

  • Deleting recurring events does not always work

  • Calendar guest attendee information is also not reflected

  • Contact information is limited to two home numbers, one home Fax, one mobile (a potential deal breaker for some), one pager, three work numbers and one work fax number. No work on addresses
So far as I have seen NuevaSync suffers none of these issues and also suffers from very little latency (read: 3-5 minutes) something Google Sync needs needs to be checked for. Lastly, it is also worth noting with this announcement that phones supporting SyncML also get contacts-only syncing while a similar, if not so seamless BlackBerry Google sync has been around for more than a year. Perhaps it's due for an upgrade?

The future is in the Cloud people, resistance is futile...

Update: iPhone users will need firmware v2.2 or higher and Windows Mobile support is for v6.0 and above. Earlier edition unlocked iPhone owners get hacking. Earlier edition Windows Mobile owners start crying.

Update 2: A very interesting response to this announcement from NuevaSync.


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February 10, 2009, 2:42 am

Love it Gordon! Cross platform is the way.


February 10, 2009, 4:20 am

@ravmania - I aim to please :)


February 10, 2009, 3:11 pm

Hoorah, more more step towards a wireless world, and me not being forced to use Outlook.

Tommy K

February 10, 2009, 4:55 pm

just found a pretty big down. You can only have one exchange account active and the sync service requires it. Therefore if you have exchange at work or at an institution like I do you are unable to use the service!


February 10, 2009, 5:56 pm

@ Simon, you are obliged to have an internet connection though and with Outlook you can be sure of deleted & amended recurring appointments : - )


February 10, 2009, 8:56 pm

@Frank - no need for an Internet connection with offline Gmail and this is just the very first beta from Google. In the meantime NuevaSync handles deleted/amended appointments beautifully.

Personally I rejoice not having my life stored in an unruly PST file and at the whim of HDD failure...


February 10, 2009, 10:38 pm

Need your help here Gordon, be gentle.

"The concept is simple (and heavenly): the contacts in your Gmail account and the calendars in your Google Calendar (up to five) enjoy two-way synchronisation over the air with your handset".


February 10, 2009, 11:06 pm

@Frank - not a problem.

When you make a alteration/addition to either the calendar or contacts on your phone it will be near-instantly reflected in your Google account and vice versa. No wires needed.

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