Google cleans house, tosses Google Sync and its Exchange support
0. phoneArena 14 Dec 2012, 21:11 posted on
Google has decided to do some year-end house cleaning and in the process, the company has also decided to make it far more difficult for users of Google products to make a move to other mobile platforms like Windows Phone or BlackBerry. Today, Google announced that as part of its house cleaning, it will be killing off Google Sync, which uses Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocols to allow easy syncing of your mail, calendar, and contacts...
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1. ph00ny (Posts: 989; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Great... This is going to blow on iOS devices since exchange activesync is much much better than the native gmail support through mail
16. ph00ny (Posts: 989; Member since: 26 May 2011)
i actually like the unified mailbox feature with my non-gmail accounts
13. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
Umm activesync? Is better on iOs??? Wha?
Dude exchange on iPS uses IMAP therefore no changes whatsoever.
Read the article again. Or do a google search on "m.google.com" iphone supports push email and google contact sync via exchange. Always has always will.
2. jpmcnown (Posts: 34; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Wait, so this means that contacts on my Android will be backed up how if not via Google Sync?
4. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Android doesn't require Google Sync, but connects natively to Google Apps.
3. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
as i posted on pocket now, bad move google. gonna make phone hopping that much harder, guess its back to the good ol days of using my sim card for contacts
8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Unless Microsoft and BlackBerry add in support for open standards
5. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
This is more of a "if you want to use our service, then you're going to use OUR service" move.
7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Actually, that's exactly what Google is going against. It's leaving behind the proprietary service of Exchange, and moving towards open standards
23. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
correct. Exchange is an MS service. It was once necessary because MS controlled a lot of business email protocols. They were for a time, the only "alternative" to BES (blackberry enterprise server) in the business world. Apple and Google tied into Exchange because RIM would not allow them to tie in to BES.
Now there are open standards other than those 2 and its time to let go. MS and RIM get paid for those services.
9. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
So what happens to MS Exchange Alternative's on LINUX which used to function through EAS. Stupid move really. I don't use gmail at all for anything official. Good for WINDOWS Smartphones they would probably find more acceptance in corporate segment after this stupid move.
10. Jay..Apple4Ever (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Dec 2012)
i would like to see a re design of the desktop homepage. Love what they are doing so far with youtube etc.
11. onggeo (Posts: 30; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Noob question here. So does this mean I can't sync my Google contacts and calendars to my WP anymore like I can now?
14. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
You would still be able to sync them, just not through Google Sync.
If you're already using it now, you have nothing to worry about.
15. TheMan (Posts: 456; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Just to be clear, is this different from the small syncing applet one can download to keep Outlook's calendar synced to Google Calendar?
18. aahmed215 (Posts: 153; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
What about syncing my Google Contacts on my iPhone? I use the Exchange account for that.
22. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you should be able to change it to pop3, imap, or another form. Hell, there's probably an app for it on the market.
19. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Firstly, I think other platforms should simply just support the Open protocols, since they're supported by both IOS and Android. I don't know what's stopping them.
Secondly, Google also had to drop EAS for the non-business users. We all know Microsoft is being paid licence fee for the use of EAS which I think will not be needed again. Google Saves cash.
Thirdly, I tihink it's only a matter of time before WindowsPhone supports IMAP, POP, CardDAV, CalDAV etc. At least they have more than 30 days to do that.
Finally, I think this is a lose-lose situation for we consumers. When two giant companies are locked up like this, only the consumers lose as we are always forced to adjust.
20. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
No big deal - there is always a work-around....
21. THEJET88 (Posts: 18; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
so will you be able to get your gmail on windows phones?
25. mrochester (unregistered)
Time to move away from GMail now me thinks.