Android takes the lead in US smartphone market

In a report released today by research firm NPD Group, it was shown that the sharp growth of the Android OS over the last two quarters has helped it surpass the iPhone and secure the number two spot in US smartphone share behind BlackBerry. Android’s remarkable growth can be attributed in part to the large success of the Motorola DROID on Verizon.  Android has also done well due to the fact that it has permeated all the major US carriers, with models available such as the HTC Hero on Sprint, and the Motorola BACKFLIP on AT&T.

CompanionLink has been on the forefront of Android synchronization, offering support for Android since the flagship T-Mobile G1 launched in 2008. CompanionLink now offers two methods to sync Android – wired USB sync and wireless sync through Google. CompanionLink is planning to soon launch DejaOffice for Android, an integrated suite of calendar, contacts, tasks and notes apps that provide more advanced CRM functions than the native Android apps. As Android continues to sweep the market, CompanionLink has lots of great things planned for the future. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: SD card required for Android USB Sync

Last week, we saw the launch of the HTC Droid Incredible, an impressive new Android handset. The Incredible, as we soon discovered, was the first Android phone launched in the US in which some units did not ship with an SD card (but rather, boasted 8GB of internal memory). This initially presented a few problems, as CompanionLink’s USB sync for Android depends on a memory card being present to store the sync data. CompanionLink is currently evaluating the viability of using the phone’s internal memory to store sync data. To ensure your sync with the Droid Incredible runs without a hitch, make sure you have a microSD inserted into the phone.

MicroSD cards are cheap and readily available – Google should be able to help you track one down.

For more information about syncing the HTC Droid Incredible with your PC, head on over to www.companionlink.com/incredible

Image courtesy of SanDisk

KIN ONE and KIN TWO now available

Microsoft announced today the availability of their new social networking phones, the KIN ONE and the KIN TWO. The KIN is a new type of smartphone that has a strong focus on social media and networking. The KIN runs a proprietary Microsoft operating system that is neither Windows Mobile 6.5 nor Windows Phone 7. Rather, the KIN’s user interface resembles the Zune, Microsoft’s line of portable media players. How does this new operating system fit in alongside all the Androids, iPhones, BlackBerrys and Palms out there?

Microsoft KIN

Image courtesy of Microsoft

Because the KIN runs a new proprietary operating system, that means that it doesn’t support the thousands of apps and third party software available for other phones running Microsoft operating systems. Unfortunately, that also means that the KIN is unable to synchronize data from the PC with CompanionLink.

CompanionLink is currently evaluating how to sync with the KIN platform. In the meantime, you can use CompanionLink to sync your PC with a wide variety of phones, including the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Palm webOS, and Windows Mobile devices. More information, along with a 14-day free trial, is available at www.companionlink.com

Tech Tip: Avoid duplicates when switching to CompanionLink USB for Android phones

Android does a great job of keeping your contacts in sync between Google and your phone, but many users find that CompanionLink USB offers a more complete sync solution. However, users switching to CompanionLink USB run the risk of duplicating contacts upon the initial sync. To ensure a seamless migration to direct USB sync, follow these steps:

1. On your Android phone, disable Google contacts sync: https://www.companionlink.com/support/howto/disable-google-contacts-sync.html

2. On your PC, configure CompanionLink USB to Purge and Reload (Options -> Purge and Reload All).

3. Sync your Android phone using CL USB Sync.

CompanionLink USB - Purge and Reload

This will clear your phone of all existing contacts, so make sure all your contacts are on your PC before performing the above steps. If you don’t have your contacts on your PC, you can first use CompanionLink USB to sync all your contacts on from your phone into Outlook. CompanionLink will then wipe the phone and do a fresh reload to ensure there are no duplicates. Once CompanionLink has synced contacts via USB, be careful about turning Google contacts sync back on unless you have also wiped all contacts from Google.

More info about CompanionLink sync solutions for Android, and a 14-day free trial, can be found at www.companionlink.com/android.

Tech Tip: Sync your overdue tasks to Google Calendar

CompanionLink for Google has the ability to sync tasks from the PC as calendar entries into the Google Calendar. If the tasks have a due date associated with them, those will map into the Google Calendar at the appropriate time and date. However, many users have been asking, “What happens to overdue tasks?”

CompanionLink syncs all overdue tasks into a single all-day entry on the Google Calendar. This makes it easy to quickly view a summary of all overdue tasks. When that task is completed on the PC, CompanionLink will sync changes and remove that task from the list of overdue tasks.

Overdue Tasks

CompanionLink for Google retails for $39.95, a 14-day free trial is available here.

UPDATE: Problems with USB Sync with the HTC DROID INCREDIBLE? Make sure you have a memory card.

CompanionLink recently announced support for sync with the new HTC DROID INCREDIBLE. Since its release on Thursday, a small number of users are experiencing problems with the USB sync. The problem has to do with the fact that CompanionLink syncs data to the MicroSD memory card in the device. Previous Android devices have included a memory card out of the box, while the DROID INCREDIBLE does not. Users experiencing this issue can resolve this immediately by inserting a memory card into their DROID INCREDIBLE. CompanionLink will release an update shortly that will allow Android devices without a memory card to use the device’s internal memory to hold sync data. More information, as well as a 14-day trial of the desktop sync software, can be found at www.companionlink.com/phones/htc-incredible.html

Sync the new HTC DROID INCREDIBLE with your PC

HTC DROID INCREDIBLE
Source: HTC

The newest Android phone on the market is the HTC DROID INCREDIBLE with HTC Sense UI.  This beast features all the latest hardware, including an 8-megapixel camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The DROID INCREDIBLE sports a 3.7″ AMOLED screen, and runs Android 2.1. The DROID INCREDIBLE comes with HTC Sync out of the box to synchronize contacts and calendar with Microsoft Outlook. CompanionLink extends the sync functionality of the DROID INCREDIBLE by offering full support for contacts, calendar, tasks and notes, as well as the option for wireless sync.

CompanionLink synchronizes from PC to the DROID INCREDIBLE in two ways – secure wired sync and automatic wireless sync via Google. CompanionLink’s wired USB sync with DROID INCREDIBLE works through an Android app that runs on the phone.  The app has custom calendar, tasks, and notes modules, while contacts sync to the native contact database on the DROID INCREDIBLE.  CompanionLink’s wireless sync to DROID INCREDIBLE via Google lets people sync contacts and calendar data to Google, which then syncs to the phone through its wireless data connection.  Two-way sync is supported in both methods so that changes made on the phone are updated on the PC upon synchronization.

PC software such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Business Contact Manager, IBM Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Novell GroupWise, and Palm Desktop are supported.  CompanionLink also supports the newest 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Outlook 2010. CompanionLink’s solutions are available for a one-time cost starting at $39.95.  Free telephone support is included.  More details and a 14-day evaluation version of the software are available at www.companionlink.com.

CompanionLink Releases Sync For Microsoft Outlook 2010 64-bit

Sync with Office 2010Outlook 2010, now available to Microsoft Software Assurance customers, is a substantial update to the most popular email, contact and calendar management software in the world. New in Outlook 2010 is the option to install a full 64-bit version for enhanced speed and capability. However, many users are finding that they are having trouble syncing their phones with the newest versions of Outlook.

CompanionLink is proud to be one of the first to support complete sync for all versions of Outlook 2010. CompanionLink uses unique proprietary sync technology to deliver both 32-bit and 64-bit Outlook 2010 support in one software package.  The PC-based solution supports two-way sync of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes.  Sync with Google Contacts and Calendar as well as smartphones like Apple® iPhone®, BlackBerry®, Google Android-powered devices, Palm® webOS®, and Windows® Mobile devices is fully supported.

Dell Announces New Android Phones

Some drool-inducing new phones from Dell have just been spotted by the fine folks over at Engadget. Dell’s upcoming lineup includes new Android-powered and Windows 7 Series devices, as well as a pair of Android tablets. 2010 is shaping up to be a very good year for Android fans.

As these new phones launch, thousands of consumers will be looking for ways to sync these phones to their PCs. That’s where CompanionLink comes in. DejaOffice, a mobile office application suite for Android, will provide these new phones with business friendly contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps. DejaOffice users will also be able to sync their new Dell phones to their PCs using CompanionLink. Compatible desktop software includes Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Palm Desktop and Goldmine.

Little is currently known about how the Windows 7 Series phones will sync with the PC. CompanionLink will continue to monitor this new smartphone platform, and as more details arise, will evaluate whether support for Windows 7 Series will be offered.

The Android-powered Dell Thunder

Source: Engadget.com

CompanionLink Offers Two-way Sync Between ACT! 6.0 and the Latest Smartphones and Tablet Devices

Sync ACT! with the latest smartphonesThere are many business professionals in the workforce that continue to use older versions of the ACT! CRM software. As these users upgrade to powerful new smartphones, they are looking for ways to put their ACT! CRM data on their phones. CompanionLink is proud to support the newest versions of ACT! by Sage, as well as legacy products from ACT! 4.0 through ACT! 6.0.

Read the full press release here.

For more information, visit www.companionlink.com/act.