Give the Kindle Fire a Productivity Boost with DejaOffice!

Image credit: AmazonWe just finished putting the Kindle Fire through its paces, testing both CompanionLink and DejaOffice on the affordable new tablet from Amazon. The results? DejaOffice runs well, and sync with the Kindle Fire works perfectly!

In fact, everything is working as we expected, with the exception of USB sync, which requires a small, but simple workaround. The Kindle Fire automatically mounts its SD card. You must Disconnect from USB Storage, then open DejaOffice and hit sync. We’re looking into a fix to eliminate this step, however.

After testing the Kindle Fire, I think it is important to remember that it’s first and foremost a Kindle – great for consuming media. But with a few easily downloaded apps like DejaOffice, you’ll have transformed your Kindle Fire into a business machine, filled with your contacts, calendars, tasks, memos, and more.

Syncing the HTC Rezound

 It’s a great time to be in the market for a new smartphone, especially for Verizon customers. With the DROID RAZR now available and the Nexus Galaxy around the corner, the carrier has quite the holiday line-up. But they’re not done yet. The HTC Rezound, released today, completes the trio of powerful Android phones available from Verizon this season.

The folks over at The Verge have an impressive review of the Rezound available, and I’d encourage you to check it out if you’re interested in learning more about the phone. If you’re interested in learning more about syncing the Rezound, however, you’re in the right place.

As with most any Android device, you’re able to sync contacts, calendars, tasks, and memos from a whole host of CRM software to the HTC Rezound. Learn more about your options at http://www.companionlink.com/phones/htc-rezound.html or head over to our downloads page to get your 14-day free trial and start syncing today!

An Update On Syncing the DROID RAZR

The DROID RAZR is now available! We’ve been busy testing ours to ensure complete compatibility with CompanionLink and DejaOffice, and I happy to report that it performs as expected.

To sync the DROID RAZR with Outlook (and more), just make sure you’re running the latest version of DejaOffice (1.12.3) and connect the RAZR in “Charge Only” mode. After that, you should be set to sync.

If you’re new to CompanionLink and DejaOffice, we have some great resources to help you get started. Visit our Getting Started page to learn how to set up a reliable sync. Check out our Android Setup Guides for help configuring our software. And head over to our Support Center if you need more help getting everything up and running. Whether your a seasoned Android pro or are new to the platform, we’re here to help!

Now go on and enjoy your sleek new phone!

Backup Your Data With DejaOffice

DejaOffice now automatically creates a backup of your data for you – every time you sync!

The latest release of DejaOffice for Android (1.12.3) introduced a great new feature that’s somewhat hidden behind the scenes: automatic backup. Every time you sync your data, DejaOffice automatically creates a backup first. Since this feature has the potential to be quite useful, I wanted to be sure to highlight it here.

With automatic backups, if you accidentally delete a contact, or if your database were to somehow become corrupted, you can rest assured you have a backup to restore from. And DejaOffice keeps the 3 more recent backups, so even if you don’t notice an issue right away, you’re still safe.

To restore from a backup, just follow the instructions below:

  1. Ensure CompanionLink is not running on your PC.
  2. Connect your Android device to your PC and mount it in “mass storage mode”
  3. Open the “Computer” or “My Computer” folder on your PC, then select your device’s SD card/removable drive from the list.
  4. Browse to the “\clusb\backup” folder.
  5. In this folder, you will see a file named “companionlink<date>.db” (e.g. companionlink2011-11-04.db). This is a backup of your database prior to your most recent synchronization.
  6. Rename this file to “companionlink.db”
  7. Copy the file to the “\clusb” folder. Choose to replace the existing companionlink.db file if prompted.
  8. That’s it – your data is then restored to the date of that backup.

1: Select your SD card

5. Locate your backups

If you have any questions or feedback about our new backup feature, let us know in the comments below!

Four New Devices Released – And We Sync With All Of Them

November 2nd has proven to be a rather popular day for new devices – HTC, Samsung, and T-Mobile have all released new devices today. HTC has released the Radar 4G – a new Windows Phone 7 device at an attractive price point. Meanwhile, Samsung unleashed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on T-Mobile’s 4G network. And lastly, T-Mobile is bringing two new MyTouch phones to the table: The aptly named T-Mobile MyTouch and the MyTouch Q.

Read on for a closer look at these devices, as well as to learn about syncing each of them using CompanionLink! Continue reading

What is DejaOffice?

If you’re new to CompanionLink, you’ve probably noticed several references to DejaOffice by now. In fact, you may be wondering what exactly DejaOffice is.  Well, I’m glad you asked.

In short, DejaOffice is our free Android and iOS app that helps you get the most out of your data when syncing with CompanionLink! But it’s actually a lot more than that. Instead of reading through a long post describing the app, however, why not sit back and discover DejaOffice in just 90 seconds:

Sync The HTC EVO Design 4G

Sync the EVO Design 4GJust the other day, Sprint released the HTC EVO Design 4G.  At just $99, this Android-powered phone is a great buy. In fact, the EVO Design 4G features a lot of the power and style of the EVO 3D – just without the 3D. When it comes down to it, the value you get for your money makes the EVO Design 4G a hard phone to beat.

Tech Specs:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4” qHD display
  • 5-megapixel, 720p camera
  • 4G data speeds
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

As with nearly all new Android devices, we’re able to sync the EVO Design 4G with a variety of CRM software, including Outlook, ACT!, Salesforce, Lotus Notes, and more. To learn more, visit companionlink.com/android/outlook or download your 14-day free trial at companionlink.com/downloads today!

Looking to Sync the Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

Image Credit: AndroidCentral

If you haven’t heard already, Samsung has announced the long-awaited Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus will be the first phone to feature the newest edition of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich. For many users, this will be the biggest reason to get the phone. That said, the Galaxy Nexus packs enough power to compete with the DROID RAZR on specs alone.

Of course, if you’re looking to sync the Galaxy Nexus with Outlook, ACT!, Salesforce, or any other CRM we support, you may be wondering if CompanionLink will be compatible with the new phone, and more importantly, Ice Cream Sandwich. The good news is that we’re already on the job. We intend to fully support the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich at launch.

Update: We just got our Galaxy Nexus in the office and have begun testing it. It is working as expected, with the exception of USB sync. The Galaxy Nexus varies from other Android phones in that it has no SD card. As such, our standard USB sync method does not work. We are exploring our options, but in the meantime we recommend using WiFi, Secure Hosted Sync, or Sync via Google when syncing the Galaxy Nexus.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on our status here on the blog. In the meantime, take a look at the Galaxy Nexus’s specs below and spend some time deciding which one you want more: the Galaxy Nexus, or the recently announced DROID RAZR!

Tech Specs:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.65 HD Super AMOLED screen
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5-megapixel, 1080p camera; 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE data speeds on Verizon (US)
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • Android 4.0
Look for the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon sometime next month!

Use CompanionLink to Sync the New Motorola DROID RAZR

Image Credit: MotorolaMotorola just announced their latest, and perhaps their best, smartphone yet – the DROID RAZR. As the name suggests, this phone is razor-thin. In fact, it’s one of the thinnest phones available, measuring just 7.1mm thick. Don’t let its size fool you, however, this slim phone packs plenty of power!

Tech Specs:

  • Dual core 1.2GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1800ma battery (over 12 hours of talk time)
  • 4.3” Super AMOLED display featuring Gorilla Glass
  • 4G LTE Speeds

In addition to the specs above, the RAZR features both consumer and business-friendly capabilities. Motorola’s famous docking features make the phone your computing hub, allowing you to transform it into a laptop or media center effortlessly. And the RAZR is ready for business, with access to enterprise-level services like Exchange, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Office, and more.

Can’t wait to get your hands on one? The DROID RAZR is available for pre-order from Verizon beginning October 27th for $299. And since it’s running Android, you can sync the DROID RAZR with Outlook, Salesforce, ACT, and much more with ease using CompanionLink!

To learn more, or to try it out for yourself with a 14-day free trial, head over to our Android Sync page.

Capture More Than Great Photos With The HTC Amaze

The HTC Amaze from T-Mobile is aptly named. This top-tier phone packs one of the most advances camera system currently available. Combined with its powerful processor and 4G speeds, the Amaze makes it easy to capture every moment quickly and easily. It’s available now from T-Mobile for $259.

Tech Specs:

  • 1.5Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.3” qHD super LCD display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera; 2-megapixel front camera
  • 4G capability
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread)

Clearly the Amaze is a powerful phone, but what if you need it to do more? That’s where we come in. Using CompanionLink, you can sync the HTC Amaze with Outlook, Salesforce, ACT!, and more. Use our free Android app, DejaOffice, to gain advanced control over all your contacts, calendars, tasks, and memos. Now that’s amazing.

See for yourself with a 14-day free trial of CompanionLink. Be sure to download DejaOffice for free while you’re at it!