Google planning Android-powered television

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Google recently announced plans to bring their Android operating system into living rooms everywhere. Google, Intel, and Sony are working on a set-top box that would integrate traditional television overlayed with online elements. The potential is tremendous- news, emails, music, videos and more all instantly available on the TV, and integrated into the programming.

CompanionLink currently ships sync products for Android devices that allows users to sync their contacts, calendar, tasks and memos from their desktop PCs. It is not currently known if Google’s TV product will have modules for business functionality, such as a calendar. This is something we here at CompanionLink will keep our eyes on as it develops.

More info on Google’s project here.

Win a free copy of CompanionLink!

Have an Android phone? Win a free copy of CompanionLink Pro with the RunStart remote setup service! We are holding a contest over at droidforums.net. For contest details, click here http://www.droidforums.net/forum/companionlink-software/29209-contest-how-do-you-droid-win-free-copy-companionlink-pro.html

Droidforums.net reviews CompanionLink

We recently spotted a pretty detailed review of the CompanionLink software over at droidforums.net. Check it out, the review goes through the details of installation, configuration and support. There’s even a video walkthrough.

http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-news/27927-video-review-companionlink-software.html

New Update to CompanionLink USB Sync

We have great news if you use CompanionLink to sync with Android via USB cable! We have just released a major update to the Android app that works with CompanionLink on your PC to sync data.

The update brings many new features to the Android onboard app, including month- and week-views to your calendar. Touchscreen navigation has also been improved with the addition of swipe commands to move calendar day, week and month forwards or backwards. In addition, we have updated calendar category support that includes color-coding for easier identification of key appointments. Speed and stability have also been improved.

There is no charge for the app update. Here’s how you get the update:

1. Tap on the Android Market app on your phone.

2. Tap on Downloads to see all the apps you currently have.

3. Tap on our app, which should say “Update available” next to it.

We always welcome feedback as it helps to improve our software. Send your thoughts to www.companionlink.com/feedback.

To download a 14-day trial of CompanionLink, visit www.companionlink.com/android.

Watch your productivity skyrocket with Tasks on Android

Many business professional rely on the “tasks” or “to-do” functions found in popular desktop software such as Microsoft Outlook to help keep themselves organized. Tasks are useful for prioritizing your day, or just keeping track of the things you don’t want to forget. Anyone who has read David Allen’s Getting Things Done will tell you that the key to time management is to organize your priorities on an external to-do list. This way, the brain has can better focus on the task at hand than on keeping track of all your tasks.

CompanionLink’s software for Android phones allows you to carry your tasks with you, ready to access at a moments notice. Users are able to sync tasks/to-dos from Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Novell GroupWise, Goldmine and Palm Desktop to an Android phone via a secure USB connection.

CompanionLink works through the CL USB Sync app users download to their Android phone. This app has advanced Tasks functionality to group and sort by category, date or alphabetically. Power users who use categories to manage their Tasks on the desktop will be pleased to find that these categories sync across to the phone. With the powerful built-in search feature, managing hundreds of tasks is a breeze.

For more information and to download a free trial, visit www.companionlink.com.

Whitepaper – Desktop Sync Options for Android

CompanionLink has published a whitepaper that explores the options for syncing Android to the desktop. Compare features and benefits between Google Calendar Sync, the Microsoft Outlook plug-in for Google Apps Premier, HTC Sync and CompanionLink’s wired and wireless sync options. This can be extremely helpful when looking for a solution to sync contacts, calendar, tasks and notes to an Android device. Feel free to download the whitepaper for your own reference or to distribute to friends and clients.

You can download the whitepaper here.

Sync Microsoft Exchange Calendar with your Nexus One

Sync Nexus One with Exchange

The new Nexus One from Google is a powerful device; however, multiple reports indicate that the Nexus One does not have built-in support for synchronizing Microsoft Exchange calendar.  This lack of Exchange calendar sync support has been verified by CNET.com in their reviews as well.

CompanionLink solves this problem by synchronizing not only Outlook/Exchange calendar with Nexus One, but also contacts, tasks and notes.  CompanionLink offers two methods to synchronize – secure USB sync and wireless sync via Google.

“CompanionLink supplies a key missing link that ensures calendar information flows accurately from the corporate database to the phone,” says Wayland Bruns, CEO of CompanionLink Software.

Visit www.companionlink.com/android for more info.

2 ways to sync ACT! with Droid and other Android-based phones

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

Sync ACT! with Google and 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

Wired USB sync between ACT! and 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.