Business features of Palm OS on your Android

The Verge recently did an excellent write-up on StyleTap’s app that emulates Palm OS on Android devices.  CompanionLink pays much reverence to Palm OS because we got our start with that platform.  However, we’re a strong fan of adopting the new Android OS instead of fighting it.

Bringing business features from Palm OS to Android

Palm OS had simple and functional capabilities for business contact management, calendar scheduling, task management, and note-taking.  We have developed a PalmOS-like business PIM/CRM app for Android.  It’s called DejaOffice and is currently available for free on the Google Play store.  The existence of DejaOffice is rooted in transforming Android devices into business CRM tools that mirror the simplicity and functional themes of Palm OS.  As topping on the cake, we wish to also take advantage of the powerful features of today’s smartphones (GPS, location awareness, etc.).

More info on DejaOffice available at www.dejaoffice.com.

DejaOffice 2.2 [new feature] – Account management

DejaOffice 2.2 configures as an Account on your phone.  This means you do not need to sync DejaOffice with the existing Contacts accounts to get things like Caller ID to work.  It just works!

This is a big deal for people who previously had problems with the perception of duplicate data.  The problem really stems from synchronizing DejaContacts to the built-in Contacts app on the device. When you did this, there were two sets of records (one in DejaContacts and one in the built-in Contacts app).  You would get the impression that this was one set of data, duplicated.

With our new account management feature, you don’t need to sync to the built-in Contacts app.  This eliminates the perception of duplicate data and cleanly keeps DejaOffice data in it’s own account on the phone.

 

DejaOffice 2.2 will be launching towards the end of Summer 2012. To try a Beta version of the app, visit www.dejaoffice.com/androidapp and click the red button.

DejaOffice 2.2 arrives with amazing new mobile CRM features

We’re getting close to a public launch of the next version of DejaOffice for Android devices.  There are a ton of new features, visual enhancements, security measures, and mobile CRM functions built into this version.  In the next few days leading up to the public launch, we will highlight one feature at a time.

  • New tabbed interface for notes, history, and details related to a contact
  • New app icons and navigation that complements Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
  • Record-level swipe actions for quick actions
  • Encrypt and password-lock of the entire DejaOffice database
  • New DejaJournal app to track every interaction with a contact
  • Linkage of Calendar, Tasks, Memos, and Journal to Contacts
  • Contact photos in the contact list view (see photos as you scroll!)
  • Contextual search that is specific to the DejaOffice app you are in
  • DejaOffice installs as an Account on your phone (this eliminates the perception of duplicates)
  • Free/Busy/Out-of-Office status now synchronizes to DejaCalendar

How to sync Android with Mac Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and Outlook for Mac 2011

I’m a Mac. I’m also an Android. I’ve had limited options to keep my personal data in sync.

That changes today.

CompanionLink for Mac is available to the general public today.  It keeps Mac’s native apps in sync with any Android device.  It also supports two-way sync with Outlook for Mac 2011.  Starting at just $14.95, the product offers the easiest way to keep Mac and Android in sync.  It’s backed by free phone support and a full money-back guarantee.

Early adopters also have the focused attention of the CompanionLink R&D department, who is keen to propel our Mac initiative to the next level. They eagerly await your feedback.

Steps to sync Android with Mac

  1. Buy CompanionLink for Mac.
  2. Choose your Sync Method.  DejaConnect USB is our wired protocol that syncs data over a USB cable. Local Wi-Fi is our over-the-air protocol that uses your home/office wireless router to sync data.
  3. Install the free DejaOffice app on your Android. You can get it from the Google Play store, Amazon Appstore, NOOK app store, or direct from our website www.dejaoffice.com.
  4. Launching DejaOffice for the first time will launch a setup wizard. Configure it to match your Sync Method in Step 1.
  5. Click the Sync button in CompanionLink!

How to sync Samsung Galaxy devices on 64-bit Windows

User comments on Android Central claim that Kies does not support Windows 64-bit.  People with devices like Galaxy Note or Galaxy S3 can not update their devices via Kies because they are using Windows 64-bit computers.  This also prevents them from handling basic functions like Outlook sync with Galaxy devices.

It doesn’t have to be so difficult.  While I’m confident Kies will eventually catch up to the world of 64-bit operating systems, you do have some options today.

CompanionLink supports Windows 32-bit and 64-bit. While CompanionLink does not manage operating system updates to Samsung devices or music or videos like Kies, CompanionLink will keep Outlook on a 64-bit Windows computer in sync with any Samsung Galaxy series device.  The CompanionLink package intelligently detects the bitness of your Windows operating system and adjusts accordingly.  No user interaction or separate software to install.

PC synchronization for Google Nexus 7 tablet and Kindle Fire 2

Busy day for tablet news. First, rumor mills spun wild about a Google Nexus 7 tablet coming to Australia in July. Rumored to be $199 with an IPS display, Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean, and a screaming quad-core processor, the Nexus 7 will compete squarely with Kindle Fire.

Then, a few hours later, Kindle Fire 2 rumors began spreading. Funny how that happened just hours after the Nexus tablet rumors.

Kindle Fire 2 is rumored to hold steady on price ($199) but include upgrades like a better display. This ostensibly means that the first-generation Kindle Fire will either drop in price or disappear.

CompanionLink monitors these rumors closely because we deliver two-way sync compatibility with devices like Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 2. We fill the gaps these devices have when they launch. For example, the first-generation Kindle Fire did not allow people to synchronize contacts or calendar with their Google/Gmail account. We documented this when the Kindle Fire launched. Let’s hope Kindle Fire 2 fixes this. If not, or if you would like a cloud-free way to sync your data to Kindle Fire 2, CompanionLink can help. CompanionLink can sync popular databases like Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, or even Google using the micro USB cable that comes with the device or using over-the-air technology such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or a hosted sync.

Outlook on Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface is a business device out of the box.  This is because of one key difference between the Surface and other tablets – Surface runs a full operating system.  The Surface isn’t Windows 8 compatible; it is Windows 8!  It blurs the line between tablets and ultrabooks. I can almost hear business professionals letting out a sigh of relief during Microsoft’s announcement of the Surface, as if to say, “Finally, a tablet form factor that lets me run all the business software I’ve paid for.”

Microsoft Surface will come in two flavors: 1) Surface for Windows RT, and 2) Surface for Windows 8 Pro.  While their hardware specs differ, both flavors seem to ship with Office 15 pre-installed.  This instantly gives business people access to their email, contacts, appointments, tasks and notes.  People and companies that rely on Microsoft Outlook for managing professional relationships are open for business as soon as they open the box.

Road warriors who carry a Surface + mobile device of their choice (ie – Android, iPhone) will demand a way to keep data current across both devices.  Sitting in an airport lounge, the last thing they want is clumsy cables wrapped around their legs, connecting both devices.

Larger companies running Exchange can just set up Surface with their Exchange account.  However, smaller companies and individuals running standalone Oultook (no Exchange), will need a tool to sync data.  CompanionLink will offer a way to keep Microsoft Surface, Android, and iPhone synchronized in a wireless, hands-free manner.  No buttons to push; no clumsy cables. CompanionLink supports full hands-free sync with the Surface.

Outlook sync for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft’s announcement of Windows Phone 8 had some great news for hardware enthusiasts. Announced features include NFC, mobile payment capabilities, high resolution graphics, multi-core processors, and removable storage options like SD card. Also mentioned was tight(er) integration with the Windows 8 platform.

Two things stuck out to us – file system and device drives – that Windows Phone 8 will share with big brother Windows 8. Will this tighter integration between WP8 and Windows 8 mean something new for business professionals who rely on Microsoft Outlook to manage relationships, schedules, task lists, and business notes?  Will they finally get an “lite” version of Outlook on their WP8?  Will this finally lead to a cloud-free solution for standalone Outlook users (those who don’t use Microsoft Exchange) to get their Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes on Windows Phone 8 devices?

CompanionLink continues to research these and other options.  We won’t know for sure until we get our hands on the WP8 SDK. Ideally, standalone Outlook users really want a way to sync to WP8 directly over a USB cable; just like they used to do with the ActiveSync software on their PC from years past. You can sign up on our list to be kept current of our findings in our endeavor to provide USB sync for Outlook and Windows Phone.

How to sync Samsung Galaxy S III with Microsoft Office Outlook

Update: Click here for Galaxy S5 Outlook sync

We want to show you how easy it is to sync Samsung Galaxy SIII with Microsoft Outlook. There appears to be a lot of confusion by S3 owners about how to do this. CompanionLink can automate the sync process with a few simple configuration steps.

CompanionLink is right for you if you are looking for:

  1. Plug-and-play sync experience. Connect your Galaxy S3 to the computer and the sync will begin automatically.
  2. Reliable sync. No fussing around with hard resets, switching to Mass Storage Mode, or lost data during the sync.
  3. Data security. We offer both USB sync and encrypted Cloud sync. Furthermore, our Outlook-like app for Android encrypts all the data you sync so no one can break into it even if your phone is lost.
  4. Complete Outlook data. We sync all your data – contacts, calendar, tasks, notes, journal, categories, and contact photos.

Samsung devices ship with free software to sync Galaxy S 3 with Outlook. Many users report that it is a very complicated process that often destroys their data. Your mileage may vary. If you don’t want to deal with this, CompanionLink is for you and others who value their data and time. We even offer free US-based phone support to stand behind our software.

Steps for Outlook to Galaxy S3 sync:

  1. Install CompanionLink for Outlook to your computer. It is free to download and try for 14 days.
  2. Download the DejaOffice CRM app on your S3 for free from the Google Play store. The app gives you contacts, calendar, tasks, notes, journal and categories just like Microsoft Outlook.
  3. Synchronize using CompanionLink. Choose from DejaConnect USB sync or DejaCloud sync. Both are secure.

Yes, it’s really that simple to sync Microsoft Outlook to Galaxy S3. Give it a try and please share your feedback below.