Instant gratification types using Windows Mobile or iPhone devices will likely appreciate this news. Google has updated their Google Sync service to include push email support for those handhelds. With the service you can pick and choose if you want to sync mail, contacts, calendar events or any combination of the three. And the over-the-air synchronization works with the native apps on both devices — you don’t need to run Gmail in your browser, for example.
I know I’ve said this before, but what’s interesting to me is that Google Sync uses the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol to make the magic happen. A primary differentiator and advantage that Windows Mobile devices used to enjoy in the early days was this rock-solid sync method. Now that Microsoft has licensed it away to several phone platforms, that advantage is lost. It’s good for mobile device consumers because it’s a great solution. But I still find it bad for the Windows Mobile platform as a whole — it requires Microsoft to deliver another “killer feature” for WinMo.
Regardless of my very arguable personal opinion, I’ve found Google Sync to work very well in the past. I’ve used it on S60 devices and my iPhone for testing. There’s no need for it on my Palm Pre, which offers push email natively.