HTC Inspire Brings 4G to AT&T Customers, Mobile Productivity Wins

Image courtesy of AT&T: http://www.att.com/inspire4G

Yesterday, AT&T began selling the HTC Inspire 4G. The Inspire features a massive 4.3” super LED display – the largest of any phone on AT&T’s network – and runs the latest iteration of the HTC Sense UI, all for $99 (after a 2-year agreement). It also marks a number of firsts for AT&T:

  • It is the first 4G phone on their network
  • It is the first device to run Android 2.2 on AT&T
  • It is the first device to make use of the new Mobile Hotspot application

The HTC Inspire brings an impressive list of features that are sure to be a hit among new phone buyers. I could dedicate an entire post just to those features. However, I’d like to focus on one specific feature: 4G. With the increasing amount of work done on while the go, the speed of your mobile device’s wireless connection becomes more and more important.

As I was writing this post, I decided to run a speed test on my 3G device. The result? I got a little over 1mbps down. To put that in perspective, most home internet connections are at least 10x faster. For downloading a small document or photo, 1mbps is does just fine. However, when downloading large documents with charts and graphics or high-resolution photos for work, you’ll often find yourself waiting for as long as a few minutes, depending on your signal quality. It may not seem like much, but over time it adds up and eats away at your productivity.

The obvious question in all of this is, of course, what does 4G mean when compared to 3G? The answer depends on whom you ask. At the end of the day, “4G” is merely a label. What it really means is that mobile data connection speeds are constantly improving – and when your mobile productivity relies on the ability to access data quickly, that is what truly matters!

Note: Are you looking to sync the HTC Inspire 4G with Outlook or another popular personal information manager? We have you covered: check out ComplanionLink for PC and DejaOffice for Android!

Get Microsoft Outlook Categories On Your iOS & Android Device

As many Outlook users will tell you, categories play an important role in keeping everything organized. Categorizing your contacts, calendars, notes, & tasks helps you to break them down into manageable groups of information. Color-coding this information further helps by giving you the ability to interpret data at a glance. For example, I use yellow to signify a business call.  I use red to denote a mission critical appointment.  I use blue for business meetings, and green for personal meetings. Just by glancing at the color of an appointment, I know what it’s for.

Business people rely on similar systems every day to be productive. However, another thing many Outlook users will tell you is that they have not found a great way to sync categories to the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, & Android devices.

This is a major concern for many people. The ability to categorize data efficiently becomes severely limited when it is only accessible at the computer. We are a mobile society, and we need our information available at a glance if we are to stay productive on the go. Therefore, the ability to sync Outlook categories is not just convenient for most users, it’s quite important!

That’s where DejaOffice enters the picture. DejaOffice is a free iOS and Android app that we built in response to the need for a great way to sync data from Outlook, as well as a variety of other popular Personal Information Manager programs. Using DejaOffice in conjunction with CompanionLink for Outlook allows you to sync your existing category data from Outlook to your Apple or Android device over Wi-Fi or via CompanionLink Secure Hosted Wireless. With DejaOffice and CompanionLink, you are able to take your categories with you! For more information on how to set up and sync Outlook categories, visit our support page.

Sync Salesforce CRM to Android, iPhone, and More

Sync with SalesforceI have big news for Salesforce.com users looking for a way to take their data with them on the go. CompanionLink Professional now offers two-way sync between Salesforce CRM and Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, webOS, and Windows Phone devices. Contacts, calendars, and tasks are all supported.

While we’re excited to offer this great feature across all our supported devices, this is especially good news for Android users. Salesforce does not currently provide a sync solution for Android. This limits mobile productivity for a growing population of the smartphone market. With CompanionLink Professional, Android users can be mobile with their Salesforce data in a matter of minutes.

In addition to supporting Salesforce sync, CompanionLink Professional also supports sync with multiple devices (think phone and tablet) and real-time sync between two databases (think Salesforce and Outlook).

CompanionLink Professional is available via CompanionLink.com or the Salesforce AppExchange. Visit these links for more information, Salesforce user reviews, and a 14-day free trial.

CompanionLink Announces New Outlook Sync Product

CompanionLink Software releases a new Microsoft Outlook sync product called CompanionLink for Outlook. CompanionLink’s sync software for Microsoft Outlook syncs Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Palm webOS, Windows Mobile, and Google. CompanionLink for Outlook offers four methods to sync:

  1. Direct USB Sync
  2. Local Wi-Fi Sync
  3. Sync via Google
  4. CL Secure Hosted Sync

Direct USB Sync provides a fast and secure method to sync Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with any Android, BlackBerry, Palm webOS or Windows Mobile device. This method ensures maximum data security because it does not use a cloud-based service to store or exchange data.

Local Wi-Fi Sync allows synchronizing Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes to iPhone, iPad and Android (coming soon) using a home or office Wi-Fi network. The PC and mobile phone are connected to the same network, through which CompanionLink synchronizes data. Users get a secure wireless sync with no monthly fees.

Sync via Google takes Outlook contacts and calendar and syncs them with any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account. Using the free Google Sync service, Google provides wireless sync of contacts and calendar to any Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Palm webOS, or Windows Mobile device.

CL Secure Hosted Sync is a wireless subscription service ($9.95/month) that provides secure and automatic wireless sync of all data types to Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile devices.  Data will sync automatically anywhere the device has a wireless data connection.

CompanionLink for Outlook is available for $39.95. More information and a 14-day free trial of the software are available at www.companionlink.com/outlook/

Forbes and NY Times Recommend CompanionLink’s BlackBerry Sync with Outlook 2010

Not so long ago, RIM updated their Desktop Software package to support Microsoft Outlook 2010. However, they only offered support for the 32-bit edition of Outlook 2010, not the 64-bit edition. CompanionLink announced compatibility with both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Microsoft Outlook 2010 with BlackBerry and other mobile devices. Recently, popular publications Forbes and the New York Times reviewed CompanionLink’s sync solution for BlackBerry with Outlook 2010.

In the New York Times Personal Tech Q&A section, columnist J. D. Biersdorfer mentions that official support documents from BlackBerry indicate that BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.0 is not compatible with Microsoft Outlook 2010 64-bit. Biersdorfer suggests CompanionLink as a solution for synchronizing with BlackBerry devices.

A post on the Forbes Investor blog by writer Marc Gerstein highlights his frustrating experience spending hours trying to sync his BlackBerry Tour with Outlook 2010. Gerstein points out that his frustrations are shared with many BlackBerry owners facing similar sync problems. Gerstein then turned to CompanionLink to solve his BlackBerry to Outlook 2010 sync issues. CompanionLink was able to sync Gerstein’s data within a few minutes.

Want to know more? Visit www.companionlink.com/blackberry

PC World Reviews CompanionLink for Google

Yesterday, PC World writer Preston Gralla posted a helpful review of CompanionLink for Google. The review details the dilemma many users have in synchronizing their Android phones with Microsoft Outlook. CompanionLink for Google syncs Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks with any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps Premier account. Google can then wirelessly sync your Outlook data with most smartphones using the free Google Sync service.

Read the PC World article here. You can download a 14-day free trial of CompanionLink for Google at www.companionlink.com/google

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

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.

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.