Google Adds Contact, Calendar Sync to Most Smartphones

Google Sync has actually been around a bit for the BlackBerry crowd. Today, Google rolls out the service in bits and pieces for Windows Mobile, iPhone, Symbian S60 and certain Motorola and Sony Ericsson handsets. Since Windows Mobile and the iPhone natively support Micrsoft’s Exchange, Google Sync will offer both Contacts and Calendar sync on those devices. Handsets that support SyncML only get Contacts for now. Bear in mind: there’s no Gmail support in Google Sync just yet. It wouldn’t surprise me to see push Gmail coming soon, however.

Like Apple and others, Google is licensing Microsoft’s ActiveSync technology to make this happen. I recently covered a similar approach to accomplish the same thing using NuevaSync. After testing Google’s new Sync offering, I’m actually sticking with NuevaSync for now. Using it, I can sync up to eight calendars as opposed to five with Google Sync. Additionally, I’m not able to see shared Google calendars with Sync until we have the feature turned on by our illustrious GigaOM admin. ;) That’s key for me because I use shared calendars as a little trick to get both work and personal calendars on my iPhone over-the-air.

Want to try Google Sync on your handset? Here’s a listing of the various configuration steps for different platforms. Note that you’ll want to backup your calendar andor your contacts before trying this on any handset.


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