Push alternatives for your Gmail messages on iOS

Google’s service for push email on iOS will go away for many users when they upgrade to a major new iOS version, or they get a new device. That’s coming for many this fall — here’s how to deal with it.

How to set up multiple Google calendars on Windows Phone 8

Getting multiple Gmail calendars on a new Windows Phone 8 isn’t difficult, but the process is slightly different from older Windows Phone versions. Follow these simple steps and in under five minutes you’ll have up to 25 shared Gmail calendars on your Microsoft-powered phone.

How to get multiple Gmail calendars on Windows Phone

While I like many aspects of the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5, or Mango, software, one key issue I have is lack of support for showing multiple calendars from a single Gmail account. Here’s a simple workaround to fix the problem for your Windows Phone device.

Could Google Sync updates push Android users to iOS?

Google has held back iOS users from the full Gmail experience that Android owners have enjoyed since 2008. Three changes to Google Sync bring Apple’s Mail and Calendar apps closer to parity. Between these and new iOS 5 features, might some switch from Android to iOS?

Quick Tip: Sync iPhone Notes With Google Sync

Yesterday, Google announced that Gmail users who use IMAP (instead of POP) can now synchronize notes created and edited on the iPhone with Gmail. Naturally, my first question was what about Google Apps ([email protected]) and Google Sync (Exchange) users? Turns out it is indeed possible.

Work Better With Google Sync for iPhone, Now With Push Gmail

syncAs I noted over at TheAppleBlog, Google (s goog) has turned on push for Gmail on the iPhone. That means that your incoming messages will be pushed from the Google servers to your phone, instead of your phone having to call in periodically to check for new mail. It means you’ll be more up-to-date, and your phone will use a lot less of your battery’s power than if you use Apple’s Fetch alternative.
For Gmail users with an iPhone who work from home, this is great news. Often, those of us not plugged in to the corporate world miss out on the little niceties like Exchange (s msft) information syncing. Google Sync, now that it includes Gmail, offers a great free alternative for those of us who’ve left our office working days behind. And it uses Microsoft Exchange technology to do it. Read More about Work Better With Google Sync for iPhone, Now With Push Gmail

Free MobileMe Alternative: How to Set Up Google Sync for Mac and iPhone

google_syncMobileMe, Apple’s (s aapl) online personal information management (PIM) solution, has withstood quite the controversy. While some of the more fortunate subscribers, like myself, have had only positive experiences, others had to wait several months before syncing worked without reporting cryptic errors or silently failing.

My only gripe was the buggy MobileMe web site. Problems were numerous, such as the page randomly refreshing in the middle of adding a calendar event. Obviously this wasn’t disastrous on its own, but annoying tics add up, and eventually push people to look for alternatives.

Recently, I discovered an offering from Google (s goog) that challenged the PIM synchronization features of MobileMe and competitors like Microsoft (s msft) Exchange (what you unfortunately probably use at the office). This new service, Google Sync, offers the same seamless integration between your computer and mobile phone. It’s fast, free, and, most importantly, it works. Read More about Free MobileMe Alternative: How to Set Up Google Sync for Mac and iPhone

Open Thread: The Evolving Address Book

This week, Google (s goog) finally answered our pleas and introduced over-the-air contact and calendar sync for Windows Mobile and iPhone. Instead of a separate sync application, as with the Blackberry, the syncing works through the Exchange client already in the device.

I’ve decided to only sync my calendar between Google and my iPhone, which after one false start now works well. I didn’t bother syncing contacts. Why? Because nowadays when I need to find someone, the last place I seem to look is in my usually-outdated contacts application.

Sure, I have some contacts in my desktop address book which I sync back to Google with Spanning Sync. Mostly immediate family, doctors, school contacts, etc. Those few people I really need to call when out and about. Every work contact is in our organization’s CRM and is accessible through the Salesforce iPhone app. The rest of my life is either in Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn where the contacts themselves make sure their own data is up-to-date. All are easily accessible from my iPhone.

When I leaf through my desktop address book there are so many out-of-date entries, I often wonder why I bothered putting them there to begin with. I know there’s Plaxo for keeping an address book updated, but that utility comes with its own set of problems.

Let’s hear how other web workers handle their contacts.

Has your local address book been shoved aside in favor of web-based tools? Do you worry about the accuracy of contact data on your phone or desktop? How do you keep it all up-to-date and in sync?