Just before Microsoft is going to launch its
My Phone cloud service next week, Google
today announced the public availability of Sync Beta which is also working with
Microsoft Windows Mobile smartphones but also with Apple iPhones or any SyncML
One of the hardest parts about switching phones is getting your address book and
calendar to your new device. Google is making that process a little easier by
releasing a beta version of Google Sync for the iPhone and Windows Mobile phones
as well as a contacts-only version for phones that support SyncML.
For iPhone and Windows Mobile devices, Google Sync allows you to get your Gmail
Contacts and Google Calendar events to your phone. Once you set up Sync on your
phone, it will automatically begin synchronizing your address book and calendar
in the background, over-the-air, so you can attend to other tasks. Sync uses
push technology so any changes or additions to your calendar or contacts are
reflected on your device in minutes. The connection is always on so you don't
have to manually sync your phone after Sync has been set up. This means that
when your colleague changes the time of the next meeting, you'll know about it
Since Sync is a two-way service, you can make changes on your phone or in your
Google Account. Your calendar and contacts are always up-to-date, no matter
where you are or what you're doing. Also, since your data is automatically
backed up to your Google Account, it's securely stored even if you lose your
For devices that support the open SyncML protocol, Google Sync will allow for
two-way contacts synchronization only. The BlackBerry version of Google Sync was
already launched some time back.
Interesting enough is the fact that Google Sync uses the Microsoft Exchange
ActiveSync protocol. However, while Google is now basically giving away a free
Microsoft Exchange account it yet lacks support for Exchange push E-Mail
functionality (which might comes later anyway?).
Anyway, setting up a new Exchange ActiveSync
account on your phone could mean that all existing contacts and calendar events may be removed
(from Outlook Mobile).
Therefore lease make sure to back up any important data (using
ActiveSync/Windows Mobile Device Center on your PC) before you set up Google Sync.
Cheers ~ Arne