Yesterday, I alerted Symbian/Belle users of the planned discontinuation of Google Sync for S60. Unfortunately, Google’s discontinuing this (and the Exchange ActiveSync technology behind it) is also bad news for Gmail users on Windows Phone who also sync their Google mail, calendar and contacts with their phones.
From January 30th, 2013, the sync service will not work anymore. I understand that iOS already deploys the Google IMAP standard, but Symbian/Belle and Windows Phone do not. Note though that it looks like iOS does not support Contacts synchronisation (thanks to Jesse for pointing this out). See this screenshot:
Apparently, Gmail users on iOS are not entirely off the hook either.
Gmail users on those other platforms (Windows Phone and Symbian/Belle) will be able to get their emails, but it won’t be the richest experience, and they will not be able to synchronise their calendars and contacts anymore. As a result, Android will stand out in providing the best Gmail experience.
Some think that Google is declaring war on Microsoft (and Nokia) with this move. Perhaps. Perhaps not. Gmail users who want to use Windows Phone can switch from Gmail to Outlook.com in order to keep synchronising their calendars and contacts.
Let’s summarise the whole deal:
- Gmail users on Symbian/Belle and Windows Phone will not get the full gmail email experience, and will not be able to synchronise their calendars and contacts from january 30, 2013
- Gmail users on iOS can still get the almost full synchronisation experience by setting up with the “Gmail” option on iOS. If they use Microsoft Exchange option, they are in the same boat as Windows Phone and Belle users
- Windows Phone users can migrate from Gmail to Hotmail Live in a few easy steps in order to keep the full synchronisation experience (perhaps I shall publish a tutorial)
- I am not sure yet what this means for Gmail users on Blackberry
There it is, folks. Pick your sides. Choose ye this day where ye shall stand. You can read Google’s statement here.