Beta versions of Google Sync for iPhone and Windows Mobile have just been introduced. These free utilities allow users to automatically synchronize their Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar events with their smartphone.
This data is synchronized with the standard Apple and Microsoft applications, and the over-the-air synchronization takes place in the background.
Google Sync uses push technology, so any changes or additions to the calendar or contacts are always reflected on the mobile device in minutes. And the transfer works both ways, so changes can be made on either the smartphone or a Google web site and the data will be automatically synchronized.
To try out this free software, visit m.google.com/sync.
A version of this utility for BlackBerrys was released a few months ago.
Google Sync vs. Apple’s Mobile Me vs. Microsoft My Phone
Apple already offers a service called Mobile Me that allows users to sync their iPhone with an online server. It also offers push email and file synchronization, but this is a pay service, not a free one like Google’s offering.
Just last week, Microsoft accidentally revealed its plans to introduce My Phone, a free, online service that — like Google Sync — will allow Windows Mobile users to synchronize their calendar and contacts with a remote server.
My Phone will go a step further, though, as it will also support file synchronization. Still, Google’s software has one undoubted advantage: it’s available to everyone today, while Microsoft’s will begin an invite-only beta next week.
Google has prepared a short video explaining this service: