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Google Sync adds 2-way iPhone, Win Mo contacts

updated 02:10 pm EST, Mon February 9, 2009

Google Sync for iPhone

Google this afternoon revamped Google Sync to include beta two-way support for iPhone, iPod touch and Windows Mobile devices. These and any SyncML devices can make updates to calendars and contacts that get sent to Google's cloud with changes elsewhere sent back to the devices. The feature works through a new license Google has obtained that uses Microsoft's Exchange to push the information in near real-time.

In test form, the service currently lacks e-mail and is limited in the number of calendars and contact information it can sync. Google also recommends backing up local data from the phone before switching on the feature, which (on iPhones) involves both enabling Google Contacts sync within iTunes and setting up an Exchange account on the iPhone itself.

Outside of SyncML devices, using the full Google Sync requires iPhone or iPod touch 2.2 firmware for Apple's hardware or else Windows Mobile 5 and 6.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. pkguy323

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    Joined: Aug 2008

    -2

    Google direct sync

    YIPPEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This works for Contacts AND the Calendar.!

    I've been using NuevaSyncBeta(which works GREAT), but I feel better keeping it all together in Google.

    Now, if they would allow me to add ATTENDEES when making appts on the iPhone Calendar or the GoogleApp on the iPhone, that would make it really sweet!

  1. pkguy323

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2008

    -3

    Google Direct Sync

    YIPPEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This works for Contacts AND the Calendar.!

    I've been using NuevaSyncBeta(which works GREAT), but I feel better keeping it all together in Google.

    Now, if they would allow me to add ATTENDEES when making appts on the iPhone Calendar or the GoogleApp on the iPhone, that would make it really sweet!

  1. pkguy323

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2008

    -3

    Google Direct Sync

    YIPPEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This works for Contacts AND the Calendar.!

    I've been using NuevaSyncBeta(which works GREAT), but I feel better keeping it all together in Google.

    Now, if they would allow me to add ATTENDEES when making appts on the iPhone Calendar or the GoogleApp on the iPhone, that would make it really sweet!

  1. dimplemonkey

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2001

    0

    No More Jailbreaking!

    OK, still a little premature to make such a statement because there are just a handful of apps left that I jb my iphone. But this is huge!

    After backups were done, the process took about five minutes and we were synching both ways. Google had two suggested ways of bringing contacts over. Either through iTunes by selecting the Google account you want to synch with your contacts; or through using a third party app called A to G that exports the contacts into a CSV file for you to upload into your Google contacts. I tried the CSV file upload first and obviously had none of the assigned contact photos transfer. So I started again from scratch removing those contacts from Google and trying the iTunes method. Same difference. No big deal but it is something that should be looked into. Google should have the ability to import a native Address Book file from Apple. It would give me the warm and fuzzies if they did.

    I don't know what the contact limit is but all 350 contacts transferred and synched with my iPhone. When I add a new contact from Google, it updates my iPhone within seconds. However, when I update the phone on the iPhone, the data doesn't update. I also deleted one but didn't see the changes. The only thing that would work is if I logged out and back in. Not exactly two-way synching. New contacts from iPhone seemed to work while also updating the updates.

    Calendars were also suffering from the same fate. Fine when I create them in Google, but changes from iPhone aren't translating down until I log out.
    New entries in iPhone does update the rest on Google.

    Overall I like it. I don't have to use NemusSync on jailbroken iPhone anymore. NuevaSync never worked for me and their support was abysmal!

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