Google Releases Free Push Calendar and Contact Services for iPhone

Submitted by lalit on February 10, 2009 - 11:17am.

Google has announced new beta Google Sync for iPhone. The service synchronizes built-in calendar and contacts on your iPhone with your Google account using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol. The use of push protocol keeps your calendar and contact in sync whether you access them from your iPhone or from your computer. You can add or edit contacts or calendar entries right on your device or on your Google account on the web and the changes will be immediately pushed to you various devices.
Google says that the initial setup is slightly complex because for full two-way synchronization you would have to setup Exchange account on your iPhone. Also during initial setup, iPhone will delete your contacts and calendar information, so it’s a good idea to backup before you setup the Google Sync service on the iPhone.
Google Sync is a free alternative to Apple’s MobileMe service and Microsoft Exchange service, but with few limitations. Like there is a limit on number of calendars you can sync and there is no push email service. However, it is a good service for people how want to sync contact and calendar data on various devices automatically. A word of caution, the Google Sync is in beta, but most Google services in beta are quite stable.
The Google Sync works with iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms. The video above gives you basic idea about what Google Sync is, you can get more information on Google Sync website.