Switching from BlackBerry to Android

Thinking about making the switch?  You’re not alone.

There are at least 300,000 new Android activations every day!  The Nielson Company has some lovely graphs that show Android dwarfing both iPhone and RIM (BlackBerry) in terms of growth in the past 6 months.

But many BlackBerry owners are worried to make the switch.

  • Will I get secure email?
  • Will I get the same level of productivity that my BlackBerry gives me?
  • What happens to my beloved keyboard?
  • Is Android really ready for my business data?

Here’s a free reference guide that answers these and other questions.  It does three things:

  1. Walk you through the pitfalls of migrating from BlackBerry to Android
  2. Educate you about what busiuness capablities Android devices do and don’t do well
  3. Advise which third-party apps to download to achieve the most business productivity

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

45 Million smartphone users

AdMob has just published a report comparing smartphone platforms from November 2009 and February 2010. As expected, Android has shown the most growth, almost doubling its market share in 3 months (most likely thanks to the Moto DROID). Windows Mobile continues to lose share, and Palm is also showing signs of distress. The Blackberry and iPhone remain largely unchanged.

CompanionLink offers sync solutions for all five of the platforms mentioned. No matter what device you choose, you can rest assured that CompanionLink will help you sync your data from the desktop. More information about CompanionLink’s sync solutions can be found at www.companionlink.com.

Google planning Android-powered television

Image Source: cnet.com

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.

Support Notice: CompanionLink USB for Motorola BACKFLIP now available in Android Market

When the Motorola Backflip was launched last week on AT&T, there was an issue with users not being able to find the CompanionLink app in the Android Market to download onto the Backflip. CompanionLink has identified the issue, and a new update has been published to address that. Users can now find the app in the Android Market by searching for “USB Sync”.

If you are unable to find the app, or are experiencing any other issues, please contact support@companionlink.com

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 https://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.

https://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.