Trouble Mounting the Samsung Moment via USB?

From what we here at CompanionLink can tell, some of the Samsung Moment phones are being shipped with ‘USB Developer Mode’ enabled which prevents the phone from being connected via USB. This prevents many software applications, including CompanionLink, from operating correctly.

Fix: On the handset, open Settings->Applications->Development. Make sure all boxes are unchecked. Restart the phone, then connect the USB cable. The phone should now mount when connected to the PC.

Tada!

CompanionLink supports Motorola DEVOUR

Motorola DEVOURCompanionLink Software is proud to support the new Motorola DEVOUR with MOTOBLUR. The Motorola DEVOUR builds on the great features of the popular DROID phone. The DEVOUR runs the Android operating system, allowing users access to the thousands of apps currently available.

With CompanionLink, users can synchronize contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes from popular information management software such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Novell GroupWise, Palm Desktop and GoldMine to the Google account set up with the DEVOUR. Once data is synchronized to the Google account, the integration between Google and the DEVOUR will ensure data is transferred to the phone. CompanionLink is a cost-effective answer to people asking how they can get their desktop data on their DEVOUR in either a wireless via Google or wired USB fashion.

A 14-day evaluation version of the software is available at www.companionlink.com/android.

Leverage the power of Notes on Android

Sort your Notes and Memos by category.Many phones in the market today, specifically those running the Android operating system, do not have support for the ‘Notes’ feature that so many business professionals find essential. CompanionLink is proud to offer a solution to this problem.

CompanionLink’s software for Android allows people using  Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Novell GroupWise, Goldmine and Palm Desktop to sync all their notes/memos 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 Notes functionality to handle thousands of records. Power users who use categories to manage their Notes on the desktop will be pleased to find that these categories sync across to the phone. Users can sort their notes by categories, and find the data they need with the powerful built-in search feature.

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

Sort order for names on Android phones

Name sort options for Google and Android phones

Google combines the the first and last names into one “Name” field.  For example, if you had a contact record with a first name of “Bob” and last name of “Smith”, Google will combine that into Bob Smith.

Android phones (like Droid, Nexus One, CLIQ, etc.) also do this.  But what if you need to sort by “last name, first name” format?

CompanionLink has a new Name Order feature that addresses this with Google and Android-based phones.  Users can choose which format they’d like contacts to appear on their Android phone.

Android’s growth

AdMob recently published a chart that shows the rapid  of Android-based phones.  The data is based on their advertising network (which serves ads to mobile devices).

Source: AdMob

CompanionLink has supported two-way sync with Android-based phones since day one.  More recently, CompanionLink released USB synchronization with Android devices.  This method of sync does not required data to be hosted in the cloud (such as Google).

Phone breakdown of Android platform (October 2009)

Android phone breakdown by AdMob (October 2009)

In the October 2009 issue of AdMob Mobile Metrics Report, the company has a telling chart that lists the phones people are using on the Android platform.  While the Droid has been available for less than one month, it has managed to grab nearly 25% of the Android market.

CompanionLink continues to align closer with Android devices.  CompanionLink already offers a two-way sync solution between PC and Google, which natively feeds the address book and calendar on Android phones.  CompanionLink is also working on a two-way USB sync between PC and Android.  This will allow users to sync PC (ie – Microsoft Outlook) contacts, calendar, tasks and notes to their Android using the USB cable that came with their device.

Motorola Droid and its sync options

Motorola_Droid_270x214Motorola Droid
Source: CNET

The Droid is arriving on Verizon’s network on November 6, 2009.  This will be the first phone running the Google Android 2.0 operating system. This device is much anticipated if for no other reason than their viral video that directly poked fun at the iPhone.

What features will the Droid include?

  • Exchange support
  • Ability to set up multiple accounts (i.e., Gmail and Exchange)
  • Voice-activated search powered by Google
  • GPS navigation service bundled in for free with the data plan
  • Turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions
  • Ability to manually sync unprotected iTunes music or other MP3s

Navigation-related features seem to be big for the Droid.  Here’s a full overview.

What about PC sync?

With Exchange support, you don’t need any other software to sync your Exchange data to your phone.  If you use Outlook without an Exchange server, you will need CompanionLink to sync your Outlook contacts and calendar to your Google account, which then automatically syncs with the Droid’s address book and calendar.

If you’re using any other contact managers like ACT!, GoldMine, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, or Palm Desktop, you can use CompanionLink to sync them with your Google account as well.

CompanionLink is also working on a way to do a direct USB sync between your PC and the Droid.

Update 12/21/2009: This direct USB sync solution is now available here.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G

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Source: BusinessWeek
Image Source: CNET

This second generation Google Android phone will be available on August 5 through T-Mobile.   Reviews show that this phone is a significant step forward for the Google Android mobile platform from the first phone – the G1.

However, complete compatibility with Microsoft Exchange seems to be crippled.

Here’s what BusinessWeek said about the phone’s Exchange support:

“You can send and receive Exchange e-mail, but unlike the iPhone or Palm Pre, there’s no direct access to Exchange’s contact and calendar features. Instead, the myTouch requires you to use Google’s Contact Sync and Calendar Sync to move data from Outlook to a Google server, and from there to the handset. It’s a clumsy and incomplete solution.”

CompanionLink for Google provides a robust solution to fit that puzzle by synchronizing Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks with Google.  It also supports sync of multiple Outlook calendars and multiple and shared Google calendars.

Second-generation Android phone (minus keyboard)

Gizmodo has apparently leaked some pictures of the second generation Android phone.  Most notable is the lack of a physical keyboard, allowing the device to be slimmer than the G1 phone.

The great thing about CompanionLink’s ability to sync with this new second-generation Android device (assuming Gizmodo is correct) is that we will support it out-of-the-box!  We can do this because Android devices rely on Google’s web-based calendar and contacts – which we already sync with!

T-Mobile G1

This will be the first Google Android phone.  It will be sold exclusively through T-Mobile on October 22, 2008.  The phone will cost $179 with a two-year agreement.

CNET sums up the T-Mobile G1 handheld quite nicely:

“…it has the potential to make smartphones more personal and powerful. That said, it’s not quite there yet, so for now, the G1 is best suited for early adopters and gadget hounds, rather than consumers and business users.”

Read the full review here.