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No More ActiveSync or Google Sync Support for Gmail

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Google did some winter cleaning over the weekend to clear out  and it hit some platforms harder than others. For BlackBerry users there really is no big change except for the Google Sync app, which was discontinued in September due to duplicate functionality in BIS, no longer works. For iOS users this is an annoying change since they now need to sync contacts and calendar through IMAP CardDAV and CalDAV. The BlackBerry PlayBook already supports CalDAV and CardDAV for contacts and calendar sync over IMAP and BlackBerry 10 does that and more.

What BlackBerry users should know is that this means BlackBerry 7 and older devices will no longer be able to use the Google Sync app that was discontinued in September. They will continue to be able to use the BIS Google Calendar and Contacts sync just like Google recommends. The only downside to this is no support for multiple calendars. Here is Google’s announcement:

  • Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® protocol. With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting January 30, 2013, consumers won’t be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections will continue to function. Google Sync will continue to be fully supported for Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. Users of those products are unaffected by this announcement.
  • In addition to Google Sync, we’re discontinuing Google Calendar Sync on December 14, 2012 and Google Sync for Nokia S60 on January 30, 2013. We’re also ending service for SyncML, a contacts sync service used by a small number of older mobile devices on January 30, 2013.

I doubt Google decided to kill off Google Sync and ActiveSync support due to lack of use but it seems like they no longer wanted to pay Microsoft for royalties. On top of that ActiveSync has some limitations that hampered Google and other services like having only one mobile number per contact. Still RIM will have all the technologies compatibility and more to support these services covered in BlackBerry 10.

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  1. so how are we going to sync multiple calendars?

  2. Interesting timing. I recently set up my Playbook to sync multiple GMail calendars using this hack from Crackberry:
    Over there, people are saying that the hack works to allow multiple calendars to your BB handset as well. Unfortunately for me, I can’t get my Torch to sync ANY GMail calendars over BIS. Yes, I’ve checked it off in the Email Settings. I did some searching and it seems like it’s a common problem and the best fix is to remove the account altogether, wipe the calendar, and add it back. Haven’t got to that.
    Anyway, if the above hack works for the BB (as I can attest it worked for the Playbook) then Enjoy!

  3. For the playbook, Calendar Sync is a relatively new app that claims to sync multiple google calendars

    I have yet to buy it, considering, but I can’t give a user experience.

    As for devices, I’m haven’t found a solution yet for my 9900, except dump all future events into my main gcal so that they sync.

    • Definitely try the hack before you shell out any moolah for multi-calendar syncing, especially if it will be natively supported by BB10.

      DanielH, you convinced me to snag the Playbook (which, at this point I am considering a very positive turn of events) so I guess I owe you one :-) .

  4. @ShvartzBerry, lol, glad to hear you enjoy it so far.

    I suppose I will check out that roundabout method, wasn’t desperate quite yet so I wasn’t that close to buying the app (plus it’s for playbook and I tend to pull up the calender on my device more often than my playbook)

    On a different note, have you bought a case yet? If not, I’m really liking the combination of the docking cable/charger along with the envelope case. The envelope case provides good protection in a slim form and when being not being used, the dock is portable enough that I can move around with me, always keeping the charge near full…found both for cheap on amazon

    • Lovin the envelope case. What a steal for $10!
      Didnt get a dock yet, unfortunately.
      I got a really cheap folio casec which stands up but I’m finding it doesn’t leave you enough room on t sides since with the Playbook you actually use the sides.

  5. Google is starting to get under my skin, so now that they have their own platform and phones is this the way to treat other people who choose to be free and pick what ever platform they please??
    That goes double for their maps application if they don’t make one for BB10.

    • @Amir, if that’s the case (and I do agree, that seems to be becoming a trend with them..or indication that is the direction they’re headed) you might give Opera a try. While I still have Chrome, I installed Opera on a whim the other day and its growing on me very quickly. They have Opera for BB, the ability to sync bookmarks back and forth is really nice, seems to be pretty stable…probably won’t uninstall Chrome anytime soon but its a step in the direction away from everything google (I would be open to Firefox too but since Opera has a BB app, I thought I’d try out their PC browser).

  6. I’m glad the world is moving away from ActiveSync. It didn’t make sense for Google to use a proprietary protocol.
    Now that RIM has started to offer support for open standards (while keeping some people happy with ActiveSync), I hope they’ll start to offer BES on other platforms than Windows.

  7. What sucks is they have totally horked the ability to get shared calendars on the blackberry. What a pain in the butt, as shared calendars was really the reason that google sync rocked for OS6 type devices. Any chance RIM will fix this and AT&T will upgrade their severs in my lifetime?

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