The T-Mobile G2 is a new Android slider, released today on (you get one guess) T-Mobile. Many new G2 owners are migrating from older BlackBerrys or Windows Mobile devices, and will be looking for a way to sync the G2 with Outlook. Google provides the free Google Calendar Sync tool to sync the primary Outlook calendar with any Google account. The T-Mobile G2 can automatically sync contacts and calendar with a Google account through its wireless data connection. However, Google provides no support to sync contacts or other data types, such as tasks and notes.
CompanionLink offers two ways to sync the G2 with Outlook – wired USB sync and wireless sync through Google. CompanionLink’s wireless sync via Google supports two-way sync of contacts and calendar, and offers the ability to sync with any Outlook folder. CompanionLink can also sync Outlook tasks to the Google calendar as untimed entries.
CompanionLink’s USB sync with the G2 works in tandem with an Android app called DejaOffice. DejaOffice is an integrated suite of calendar, contacts, tasks and notes apps for Android with support for advanced Outlook features such as color-coded categories and custom fields. Outlook data will sync to the DejaOffice business apps on the G2.
CompanionLink is free for 14 days. For more information and to download the free trial, visit www.companionlink.com/g2
The business case for tablets
In a PCWorld article, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, insists that tablets like the iPad lower the cost of entry for computing. This means people can save money by investing in tablets over traditional desktops and laptops. The same holds true for businesses. The benefits are numerous – cheaper devices, cheaper software (apps), lower IT maintenance costs due to lack of viruses for tablets and other user-inflicted harm.
Imagine a plumber (named Joe) showing up to fix a leak under your kitchen sink. Joe uses his tablet to take a picture of the broken part in question. The picture is automatically sent to his company’s database. The database sends back a schematic drawing of the part. Joe shows you the drawing, rotates it, and zooms into exactly the area of the part that is broken. Joe taps on the area and gets a list of options to fix. A button to Replace the part is also there. Tapping that button, Joe shows you a 10-second animation of how the part will be replaced. Tapping another button, Joe shows you a list of local stores that carry that part and their prices. He also tells you how much you can save if Joe goes through his supplier of choice.
I’d hire Joe. Not only did he fix the problem, but he gave me options and educated me about the process. This was done using the latest technology, which tells me Joe is a person who is current with trends and how to take advantage of them. Chances are that if he’s current with technology trends, he’s also current with the latest advances in plumbing. As a person looking to fix a plumbing problem, I’m hiring a smart plumber.
So, how can a tablet help your business? Send us your thoughts.
Yesterday, RIM announced their foray into tablet computing by introducing the BlackBerry Playbook. RIM’s new tablet will run an entirely new operating system: BlackBerry Tablet OS.
With any new mobile operating system, we here at CompanionLink immediately begin evaluating its sync capabilities. We currently know from RIM’s announcement that the BlackBerry Playbook will sync with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, much like the current generation of BlackBerry phones. For standalone or small business users without access to a BES server, we can stipulate that the Playbook will sync directly with the PC using the BlackBerry Desktop Software (again, much like the current BlackBerry devices). If this indeed is the case, then CompanionLink may offer two-way sync with the BlackBerry Playbook from day 1, as CompanionLink works as an add-in within the BlackBerry Desktop Software to sync PC data.
It is currently unknown if Google will support sync with BlackBerry Tablet OS, but given Google’s track record of support for most popular mobile platforms, we would be surprised if Google didn’t have an offering for RIM’s tablets. CompanionLink supports sync of contacts and calendar from the PC to any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account. Pending Google’s support for BlackBerry Tablet OS, CompanionLink will be able to provide an additional sync option for Playbook owners.
For now, this is all speculation. As we get closer to the launch date for the Playbook, more details will certainly emerge. An official announcement regarding CompanionLink’s sync support for the BlackBerry Playbook will be made as soon as we can confirm compatibility. Details on CompanionLink’s support for BlackBerry devices can be found at www.companionlink.com/blackberry
Not so long ago, RIM updated their Desktop Software package to support Microsoft Outlook 2010. However, they only offered support for the 32-bit edition of Outlook 2010, not the 64-bit edition. CompanionLink announced compatibility with both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Microsoft Outlook 2010 with BlackBerry and other mobile devices. Recently, popular publications Forbes and the New York Times reviewed CompanionLink’s sync solution for BlackBerry with Outlook 2010.
In the New York Times Personal Tech Q&A section, columnist J. D. Biersdorfer mentions that official support documents from BlackBerry indicate that BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.0 is not compatible with Microsoft Outlook 2010 64-bit. Biersdorfer suggests CompanionLink as a solution for synchronizing with BlackBerry devices.
A post on the Forbes Investor blog by writer Marc Gerstein highlights his frustrating experience spending hours trying to sync his BlackBerry Tour with Outlook 2010. Gerstein points out that his frustrations are shared with many BlackBerry owners facing similar sync problems. Gerstein then turned to CompanionLink to solve his BlackBerry to Outlook 2010 sync issues. CompanionLink was able to sync Gerstein’s data within a few minutes.
Want to know more? Visit www.companionlink.com/blackberry
Windows Phone 7, expected to release next month, is the next major smartphone platform from Microsoft. Windows Phone 7 is a complete operating system re-design, borrowing more from their Zune media players than their existing Windows Mobile 6.5 platform. The big question that we have here at CompanionLink is how Windows Phone 7 will sync with the PC.
A recent post from pocketnow.com details the current situation for Outlook sync with Windows Phone 7. Unlike the previous Windows Mobile 6.5 platform, Windows Phone 7 will not use Windows Mobile Device Center/Active Sync for direct PC-to-phone sync. Windows Phone 7 will use the Zune PC software to sync media, but for Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks, an Exchange server is required. While this presents no problem to large organizations with dedicated Exchange servers, standalone Outlook users are left out in the cold.
Both Gmail and Hotmail now offer free Exchange Active Sync support for most popular smartphone platforms. Thus, Windows Phone 7 should be compatible with both these services to sync contacts and calendar via Exchange (since Windows Phone 7 has not yet been released, this is educated speculation).
CompanionLink offers a solution that will sync Outlook contacts and calendar with any Gmail, Google, or Google Apps account. Once the data is synced with Google, supported smartphones can easily be configured to sync wirelessly with that Google account using the Exchange protocol. If Windows Phone 7 can sync with Google, as indicated by initial impressions, then CompanionLink will be able to offer support for Windows Phone 7 upon launch.
An official announcement regarding CompanionLink’s support for Windows Phone 7 will be released soon pending our testing of the platform. Look for announcements on our homepage at www.companionlink.com
Nokia announced three more phones based on their new Symbian 3 platform. The phones cater to both business and social media users. The big question that remains for business users is, “How will these Symbian 3 phones sync with my PC?”.
Google Sync has supported over-the-air sync with devices running the Symbian S60 operating system. They sync contacts and calendar data two-ways. Will Google Sync also support two-way sync with Symbian 3 devices? If they do, CompanionLink can has a way for people to sync PC contacts and calendar data with Symbian 3 devices.
PC <> CompanionLink <> Google account <> Google Sync <> Symbian 3 device
CompanionLink for Google is a product that will sync PC software like Outlook to any Google or Gmail account. If Google Sync will support sync with Symbian 3 devices, this data will then transfer over-the-air with the Symbian 3 device. Any changes made on the device will sync back to the Google account, which will sync back to the PC courtesy of CompanionLink.
Let’s hope Google Sync supports Symbian 3.
The Android-powered Samsung Fascinate is the last of the Galaxy S Series phones to launch in the US, and is available now on Verizon.
Many new owners will be looking for ways to sync the Samsung Fascinate with Outlook and other PC contact-managers. Google provides the free Google Calendar Sync tool to sync the primary Outlook calendar with a Google account. The Fascinate can then be easily configured to automatically keep its calendar in sync with the Google account.
For users looking for a more powerful sync solution for the Samsung Fascinate, CompanionLink offers two options: Direct USB sync and wireless sync through Google.
CompanionLink’s Google sync software can sync Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks to any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account, which then automatically syncs with the Fascinate. For an even more powerful sync option, CompanionLink’s USB sync with the Fascinate can sync contacts, calendar, tasks and notes from Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT!, Palm Desktop, and other PC software. USB Sync works in conjunction with DejaOffice, a contact-management app suite that loads on the Samsung Fascinate. DejaOffice provides powerful features such as color-coded categories, advanced search & sort options, and multiple contacts and calendar display types.
CompanionLink’s sync solutions for the Samsung Fascinate start at $49.95. More information, and a 14-day free trial of the software are available at www.companionlink.com/galaxy
CompanionLink supports two-way sync of Sage ACT! 2011 contacts, calendar activities, opportunities, to-dos, contact notes and histories with the latest smartphones and tablet devices. For a one-time cost of $69.95, you can a have complete, two-way sync system set up for your ACT! database.
Sage ACT! 2011 introduces a built-in sync feature with Outlook contacts and calendar. We encourage you to try that. If your needs for Outlook sync demand more, CompanionLink has offered a solution for the past 10 years — supporting Outlook 2000 and higher (including Outlook 2010 32- and 64-bit). CompanionLink can handle many fringe cases — recurring appointments, appointments with exceptions, etc.
Plus, CompanionLink offers free technical support. For more information and to download a free 14-day trial, visit www.companionlink.com/act
The Samsung Epic 4G, a Galaxy S series phone running Android 2.1, is available today on Sprint. CompanionLink supports two-way sync of Microsoft Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with the Samsung Epic 4G direct via USB. CompanionLink also supports Samsung Epic 4G sync with other PC applications, such as IBM Lotus Notes, Palm Desktop, and Sage ACT!.
USB Sync with the Epic 4G works in conjunction with DejaOffice, a contact manager apps suite for Android. DejaOffice provides the Epic 4G with robust contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps to manage appointments and schedules on the go. Changes made on the phone will sync back to the PC with CompanionLink. CompanionLink’s sync software for the Samsung Epic 4G starts at $39.95. More information and a 14-day free trial of the software is available at www.companionlink.com/galaxy.
The latest Android phone to launch in the US is the lightweight Dell Aero. The Aero offers business professionals a compact device that’s easy to carry anywhere. With CompanionLink, users can sync the Dell Aero with Outlook, Palm Desktop, Lotus Notes, ACT!, and other PC contact managers. CompanionLink’s sync with the Aero allows users to sync, view and edit contacts, calendar, tasks and notes right from the device. Changes made on the Aero will sync back to the PC.
CompanionLink offers two methods to sync with the Dell Aero – direct USB sync and wireless sync through Google. USB sync with the Aero works with DejaOffice, CompanionLink’s suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps for Android. For more info on CompanionLink’s sync solutions for the Dell Aero, and to download a 14-day free trial, visit www.companionlink.com/phones/dell-aero.html