Google Sync Hits iPhone & Windows Mobile

Licences Microsoft Exchange and gives it away for free...

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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