Apple iPhone Users Get Push Gmail via Google Sync…Finally
Search heavy Google has added a much-anticipated--and much desired--"push" e-mail function to its Google Sync service, which enables Apple iPhone users to have Gmail instantly delivered to their devices upon arrival in their Gmail inboxes.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
It’s a happy day for iPhone users with Gmail e-mail accounts.
Today, Google released an updated version of its Google Sync service for iPhone and Windows Mobile smartphone users, which lets you not only synchronize Gmail contacts and Google calendars with supported devices, it finally brings “push” Gmail functionality to the iPhone and iPod touch.
Push mail is delivered near-instantly to users’ smartphones after hitting their e-mail inboxes. In the past, iPhone users could set their device to “fetch” Gmail at pre-set intervals, or they could manually retrieve messages themselves, but no official Gmail push solution was available.
Research In Motion (RIM) popularized the concept of push mail in the early-to-mid-2000s, and it’s one of the main reasons the company’s BlackBerry smartphones became the enterprise handheld of choice for many organizations.
“Using Google Sync, you can now get your Gmail messages pushed directly to your phone. Having an over-the-air, always-on connection means that your inbox is up to date, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Sync works with your phone’s native email application so there’s no additional software needed. Only interested in syncing your Gmail, but not your Calendar? Google Sync allows you to sync just your Contacts, Calendar, or Gmail, or any combination of the three.”
But there is a catch…
As pointed out by my colleague and TheiPhoneBlog.com scribbler Rene Ritchie, Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync is the engine behind Google Sync, and the current iPhone only manages a single ActiveSync account at a time. That means that if you’re already using ActiveSync to receive corporate Outlook mail–or any other account that might employ ActiveSync–you’re out of luck.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.