CompanionLink releases a direct two-way USB sync solution for Android-based phones. Directly sync PC contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes from desktop software like Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, etc. with phones like the Motorola DROID. Direct sync avoids having to host or transfer your sensitive data via the Google cloud.
Got a Droid, or any other Android-based device? With CompanionLink, you have two options to sync ACT! data with your Android-based phone.
1. Wireless sync with Android-based phones
One of the features of CompanionLink is its ability to sync ACT! data with Google, which automatically feeds the address book and calendar apps on Android-based phones. Customers can use CompanionLink Express or CompanionLink Professional to sync their ACT! contacts, calendar activities, notes, and history data.
2. Wired (USB) sync with Android-based phones
CompanionLink will launch a direct USB sync solution between ACT! and Android-based phones by January 1, 2010. The PC solution will work with a free Android app on the device that will include a custom calendar, tasks and notes/memos apps that support categories, priorities, and search.
This direct USB sync solution will avoid the need to sync through Google or host sensitive ACT! data on Google. Because the sync occurs locally via the USB cable that shipped with the Android-based phone, data is transmitted through a secure and closed connection between PC and phone.
Update 12/21/2009: This direct USB sync solution is now available here.
A few weeks ago, CompanionLink announced their upcoming USB sync solution for the Droid, HTC Hero, and other Android-based phones. The solution will sync PC software (like Outlook and Lotus Notes) with phones running Android OS using the USB cable that ships with the device.
The solution will also include a free Android app that will run on the phone. The app will contain custom calendar, notes and tasks modules that include advanced features such as categories and priorities.
Here are two screenshots that show CompanionLink’s apps in development. The first screenshot shows the Notes app with the ability to use categories to sort and view notes. The second screenshot shows the Tasks app which categories and priorities.
CompanionLink has a fix to the synchronization service outage with Google Calendar. If you sync calendar data from your PC to your Google Calendar, you will need to install this update.
You can download the free update software here. Install this update on your PC. Make sure to download the software update for the product you currently have. If you don’t know which product you have, here’s how to find out.
Details about the sync service outage with Google Calendar
On November 24, 2009, Google made a critical change to a core field in Google Calendar. We don’t know if Google intended this change, or knows that it affects software that uses the published Google API. It may be the case that Google will allow the software to work again in due time. The change by Google to their published APIs made it unable for CompanionLink’s software to Add or Change Calendar information from PC to Google. Google Contacts is not affected. Sync Google Calendar works fine from Google to PC.
CompanionLink has created a software update that complies with Google’s changes. CompanionLink products with build 3082 and higher will contain this change and can be used to update data from PC to Google.
CompanionLink has been getting reports from users that as of today morning, their PC calendar has stopped synchronizing with their Google Calendar. CompanionLink was able to reproduce this problem with our in-house tests. We are working on a solution.
Follow the CompanionLink Twitter feed for the latest updates.
A week ago, CompanionLink unveiled their plans to develop USB sync software for Android phones. CompanionLink now has more details about the solution.
The sync will be ready for launch within 90 days and will do two-way sync of Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, and Notes between PC and Android phone using the USB cable that ships with the device. No web-based solution like Google is required. No Wi-Fi or Internet connection is needed.
Contacts will sync to the built-in address book on the Android phone. CompanionLink plans to include a way to categorize contacts into groups.
Calendar will sync to a custom app that allows more search and list-view capabilities as compared to the built-in calendar on the Android phone.
Tasks and Notes will sync to custom apps on the Android phone that will allow categorization, sorting, and the ability to assign priorities.
Update 12/21/2009: This direct USB sync solution is now available here.
CompanionLink for webOS USB is software that does a direct two-way USB sync between Outlook and Palm Pixi. Contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes sync to the Pixi and can be edited on either the PC or on the phone.
CompanionLink features a Palm webOS app called CL USB Sync™ that can be downloaded to the phone for free from the Palm App Catalog. This app works with CompanionLink for webOS USB to synchronize PC contacts and calendar to the phone’s webOS contacts and calendar applications. The CL USB Sync app also includes unique tasks and memos apps with categories and sort lists that work like the PC versions of the same applications.
CompanionLink is working on a direct USB sync for the new Motorola Droid. This will let users securely sync data by docking their Droid to their PC with the USB cable that came with their phone.
Currently, users of desktop software like Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise and ACT! are required to use a wireless sync protocol. For example, data syncs from their PC to their Google account, which then natively syncs with the Droid. CompanionLink for Google provides this functionality between PC and Google.
While this serves the needs of many customers, this can pose security concerns for people who don’t want to host their sensitive data on Google or have it transmitted wirelessly. CompanionLink is looking to address that with a direct USB sync solution.
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Outlook Business Contact Manager (known as “BCM”) is a powerful extension to the Microsoft Office Outlook system. It provides CRM-like functionality within the Outlook environment people have become accustomed to. CompanionLink can sync BCM data to Outlook and Exchange folders, to Google, or directly to phones using USB cable or wireless sync technology.
Microsoft’s help and how-to website refers Outlook BCM users to CompanionLink for two-way synchronization with devices that Microsoft does not natively support — such as BlackBerry, Apple iPhone, Google Android, and Palm devices.
Sync BCM data with phones using CompanionLink + Microsoft Exchange
Outlook users with a Microsoft Exchange Server can use CompanionLink’s BCM-to-Outlook sync to get their BCM data on their phones. With CompanionLink, BCM data will sync with Outlook and Microsoft Exchange profiles, which then synchronizes with phones using Exchange ActiveSync or BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
Sync BCM data with phones using CompanionLink’s wireless sync service
Outlook users who need to wirelessly sync their BCM data with their phones but don’t have an Exchange Server can use CompanionLink’s wireless sync service ($9.95/month per user). With this service, BCM data will sync over-the-air and securely with your BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Palm OS devices.
Sync BCM data with phones using CompanionLink + Google
Outlook users can also use their Google account to sync BCM data with their phones. CompanionLink will sync BCM data with their Google account, which will then sync over-the-air with their phones using the free Google Sync service.
PreCentral.net – the famous Palm Pre portal – has partnered with CompanionLink to giveaway five licenses of CompanionLink for webOS USB along with RunStart service (nearly a $400 value). PreCentral has reviewed CompanionLink and is conducting a poll on their forum.
To enter the giveaway, users are required to answer the poll. Survey ends November 6 at noon Eastern.