Google has just added a significant new feature to Google Sync, email support. This allows Gmail users to have their messages pushed to their smartphone, as long as the device supports Exchange ActiveSync.
Google Sync is a free service that has been available for some time, but until now it only supported calendar and address book information.
Adding e-mail to this service means that smartphones will be able to get their messages pushed to them — as soon as an e-mail arrives on the server, it will be sent to the device and the user notified.
There have been third-party applications that offered this feature before, but Google’s solution is available free.
Messages appear in the native e-mail client, and users can both send and receive Gmail with this service
There have been Push-like solutions for BlackBerrys and S60 for some time, and all Android models havethis featurealready, so today’s change primarily benefits iPhone and Windows Mobile users. Still, most of the major smartphone platforms offer support for Exchange ActiveSync, and can therefore use Google Sync. This includes Palm OS and webOS.
For more information onGoogle Sync, visit m.google.com/sync.