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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 […]

comic_mf_v3_flat_8bitInstant 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.

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  1. All well and good, but of no use if you already have an Exchange account set up on your iPhone.

  2. Same thing applies to Windows Mobile. One exchange email only.

  3. Kevin,

    You havent heard of Microsoft’s policy of “knifing the baby”? Basically if one group can benefit from doing something, in this case it helps to sell Exchange servers if ActiveSync is the de-facto standard for mobile devices, then they’ll go ahead and license it even if it hurts Windows Mobile.

  4. Works more slowly than NuevaSync, and HTML mail is handled poorly on WinMo 6.1 (or, rather, not at all.) Other than that, it seems to work…

  5. Employment Law Attorney Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    Good news. It would be nice to be able to setup more than one Exchange Account since I already have my work
    account setup in Exchange

  6. This is good news for people sick of blackberry.

  7. iPhone Addicted Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    If you have multiple GMail accounts, you really need to integrate them into one. Using multiple Google Accounts is a major pain in the rear.

  8. WordPress recently came up with a similar feature which works like this with feeds-RSS in the Clouds

  9. If EAS only existed for Windows Mobile, NuevaSync and now Google would probably not have put in support for it. Having EAS widely adopted makes my phone better, so I’m all for it. I agree about giving away an advantage, but I think the net was a positive one.

  10. I’ve been running this on my VZ HTC Touch Pro since it was released, and the only drawback so far: attachments are stripped out! Really an issue on meeting invites, too…

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