myTouch 3G Slide now available on T-Mobile

The myTouch 3G Slide is the newest Android phone to join the ranks over at T-Mobile. It features a nice little slide-out keyboard, which is rare amongst the many touchscreen-only Android devices out there. Like many other Android phones, the myTouch 3G Slide is compatible with DejaOffice and CompanionLink’s sync solutions. For more info on how to sync the myTouch 3G Slide with Outlook and other desktop software, check out www.companionlink.com/phones/tmo-mytouch3gslide.html

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DejaOffice is Bump-compatible

DejaOffice is fully compatible with the Bump app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.  If you store contacts in DejaOffice, you can exchange them with others using Bump.  It works great!

We are working to integrate the Bump API to exchange other DejaOffice data like calendar appointments, tasks and notes.  For example, a manager can use this as a great tool to delegate tasks to an assistant.

1. Create a task in DejaOffice

2. Every morning, walk into the office and bump fists with your assistant to transfer the tasks.  (Plus, you’ll actually look more sociable!)

3. Your assistant can work off the list on their device, or use CompanionLink to sync that list from DejaOffice to PC software like Microsoft Outlook.

40% of iPhone purchases by business users

A CNET blog post cites AT&T’s Business Solutions unit claiming 4 out of 10 sales of the iPhone are made to “enterprise users”. The iPhone has come a long way since its inception as a consumer-centric device.

Not surprisingly, CompanionLink is witnessing similar trends.

More and more business professionals are asking how they can make their iPhones and Android-based smartphones work more like business-friendly devices. They recognize these devices are powerful mini-computers, but they need help leveraging that power so it works for their business.

The DejaOffice app does just that. DejaOffice transforms iPhone, iPad and and any Android device into a business-friendly tool. The app makes the phone work more like your PC software.

For example:

– contacts, calendar, tasks and notes can be organized into categories that match and link with your PC

– appointments can be created with people from your address book

– view company name right next to each name in your address book

– create custom fields and label them whatever you want

– search functionality works even with your custom fields

The mobile world has moved on since the first PalmPilot devices arrived in the 90s.  However, the timeless business productivity principles are still in effect today.  CompanionLink and DejaOffice lets mobile professionals have a suite of tools on their phones and tablets to be as productive as they are when using their PCs.

Duplication checking for sync

CompanionLink products have robust duplication-checking built right into the software.  We’re working to update our algorithm to catch many new cases that arise when synchronizing  between PC and the latest smartphones, tablets and mobile devices in the market.

Why does duplication occur?

Duplication is commonly seen when data is previously imported into a contact management or CRM database. For example, let’s say you want to sync Outlook to Google. If you have already imported data from Outlook into Google, the first “sync” you engage using CompanionLink for Google or using O2g will combine everything in Outlook with everything in Google.

Other times, there are issues with name matching. Are “John Smith” and “John R. Smith” the same person? CompanionLink contains logic to try to match names. However, we still find cases where Prefix, Middle Name or Suffix can throw things off. In addition, CompanionLink looks at phone numbers in duplication checking. The presence or absence of a number can impact whether a name is duplicated.

Updated duplication checking is coming soon to a CompanionLink and O2g build near you!

Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 64-bit

Sync Outlook 2010 64-bit with BlackBerry

Microsoft recently released Outlook 2010 to all Microsoft Volume Licensing customers, with full 64-bit compatibility being offered in core Office 2010 applications. One of the hitches about running Outlook 2010 64-bit is that 3rd-party add-ins generally must be written specifically for 64-bit.

Since Outlook 2010 has become available, some users have been reporting that they’re having trouble syncing BlackBerry to Outlook 2010 64-bit. CompanionLink has developed proprietary x64 sync technology which allows us to fully support sync with Outlook 2010 64-bit. CompanionLink is proud to offer three solutions to sync BlackBerry with Outlook 64-bit.

1. Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 via USB

This method offers a simple secure sync of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes between Outlook and BlackBerry via the USB cable. Download Now

2. Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 wireless via Google

This method syncs Outlook contacts and calendar to any Google account. The free Google Sync service can be used to wireless sync with BlackBerry. Download Now

3. Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 using the CompanionLink Wireless Sync Service.

This method offers complete two-way sync of contacts, calendar and tasks between Outlook and BlackBerry using CompanionLink’s automatic wireless sync service for $9.95/month. Download Now

CompanionLink supports Outlook 2010 64-bit sync with BlackBerry, along with a wide variety of phones including Apple iPhone, Palm Pre, Android and Windows Mobile devices. For a full list of supported phones, and to download a free 14-day trial, visit www.companionlink.com/phones

The LG Ally is here – Sync it with your PC

The new Android-powered LG Ally is now available. CompanionLink is proud to offer complete two-way sync of calendar, contacts, tasks and notes between the LG Ally and the PC.

CompanionLink offers two different ways to sync with the LG Ally – wired USB sync and wireless sync via Google. CompanionLink’s wired USB sync with LG Ally works in conjunction with DejaOffice, an Android app that runs on the phone. DejaOffice provides advanced calendar, contacts, tasks, and notes apps that offer users more business-friendly functionality than the native apps on the phone. Users also have the option to sync calendar and contacts to the native apps on the LG Ally. CompanionLink’s wireless sync to LG Ally via Google lets users sync contacts and calendar data to any Google account, which then syncs to the phone through its wireless data connection.

CompanionLink supports LG Ally synchronization with multiple applications, including Microsoft Outlook, ACT! by Sage, Palm Desktop, Lotus Notes, GoldMine and GroupWise. CompanionLink also fully supports the new Outlook 2010 64-bit. CompanionLink’s sync solutions for the LG Ally start at $39.95, with a free 14-day trial available at www.companionlink.com/lg-ally.

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Introducing DejaOffice for Android

CompanionLink is proud to announce DejaOffice for Android, a mobile office application suite for Android-powered devices.

DejaOffice for Android

DejaOffice contains robust contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps that allow users to efficiently view, enter, update and manage contact and schedule information from their phone. Advanced features such as categories, custom fields, search across all data types, sort options, expense tracking, and linking of contacts to calendar items are included in the app. DejaOffice augments the Android contacts and calendar databases with enhanced functionality, and also offers robust tasks and notes apps originally missing from the Android platform.

Many business professionals are upgrading to the latest smartphones only to find that they are becoming increasingly consumer-oriented, and lack required business functionality. Many users, especially those coming from old Palm phones like the Treo or Centro, are dismayed when they upgrade to a newer platform and lose features and functions. DejaOffice is a solution to fill that gap, and bring Android devices more in line with how PC business software works.

DejaOffice works seamlessly with CompanionLink’s PC desktop synchronization and backup software. This allows two-way sync with applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, GoldMine, GroupWise, ACT! by Sage and Palm Desktop. The DejaOffice app is currently available at no charge from the Android Market. More information is available at www.dejaoffice.com.

 

Update: For additional information on the latest version of DejaOffice for Android, check out the following posts:

Windows Guides reviews CompanionLink

A new review of CompanionLink has been posted over at the Windows Guides site. The review mentions, as posted earlier, that CompanionLink supports sync with Outlook 2010 64-bit. Head on over to https://mintywhite.com/software-reviews/companionlink-enables-sync-outlook-mobile/ to read the review.

CompanionLink launches O2g, a simple app to sync Outlook with Google

CompanionLink is proud to announce O2g, a fast, simple and affordable solution to synchronize Microsoft Outlook with any Google account. O2g delivers complete synchronization of calendar, contacts and tasks between any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account and Microsoft Outlook 2000 and higher. O2g supports synchronization with the new Outlook 2010 64-bit, in addition to all versions of Palm Desktop.

O2g supports advanced functions such as mapping Outlook contact categories to Google Groups in Google Contacts. If the Google Groups don’t already exist, O2g will automatically create them to match the Outlook categories on the PC. In addition, Outlook tasks can be synchronized to Google Calendar as untimed calendar entries.

Using the free Google Sync service, O2g can synchronize Microsoft Outlook with many popular smartphones, including the Apple iPhone and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, Palm webOS, and Windows Mobile devices. O2g synchronizes Outlook calendar and contact data with Google, and then using Google sync, automatically updates the phone with the latest sync data.

O2g is now available for a one-time cost of $9.99, with a full 90 day guarantee. Support is offered via the official O2g forums, monitored by O2g personnel. For more information on O2g, visit www.o2gsync.com

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!