iPhone and Windows Mobile Take to the Could with Google Sync
Article by George Norman
On 10 Feb 2009
Google Sync, which is now available for BlackBerry, Symbian, iPhone and Windows Mobile powered devices, allows you to synchronize your calendar and you Gmail contacts, and by that I mean any changes you make while using your desktop computer will automatically be updated to your mobile device and the other way around.

Product Manager with Google Mobile, Marcus Foster comments: “For iPhone and Windows Mobile devices, Google Sync allows you to get your Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events onto your phone. Sync uses push technology, which means that any changes you make to your calendar or contacts from the browser or phone will be reflected on your device within minutes. For phones that support SyncML, the tool will allow you to get your Gmail contacts onto your phone. For all of these devices, synchronization happens automatically over the air, without having to manually sync your phone. The connection is always on, which means your information is always up-to-date, no matter where you are or what you're doing.”

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The manner in which this service functions is a simple one: all the information is stored and saved online, so regardless of the device you use to access it, it is always up-to-date (very much in the same way as Symantec GoEverywhere). When you lose your mobile device or you decide to change it, you can simply use Google Sync to restore your calendar and contacts. The only downside is that Google Sync for iPhone and Windows Mobile is still in Beta, and there are still some bugs in it.

Google Sync uses Microsoft ActiveSync© and coincidently the Redmond software developer announced My Phone, a service that will allow Windows Mobile users to sync their data online. The My Phone web page would give users a total of 200MB of storage space for their private data.

A video presentation of how Google Sync works is available here – YouTube link.
Google Sync for the iPhone is available here.
Google Sync for Windows Mobile is available here.



Tags: Google, Google Sync, iPhone, Windows Mobile
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