Monday, September 12, 2011

So, do you Google Sync?

Are you switching phones or computers any time soon and having a dilemma of how to transfer your data from one device to another? You don’t have to worry, because there’s Google Sync ready to serve.
Google Sync has in fact been around for quite some time now, but still many people are clueless of this service. Thanks to our best friend Google, they have not settled only to be the best search engine there is, but also innovators of useful services that help us live a better life, technologically speaking.

So what is Google Sync? It’s basically a two-way service using over-the-air synchronization of Gmail, Google Contacts, and Google Calendar with our computer or mobile device. It works with PC, Mac, Linux, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian S60, iPhone, iPad, Windows Mobile, and other devices.

What do you get when you use the Google Sync service?

Synchronize one and all. By simply following the instructions for your specific device at, you get to add, delete or change your data in Google and make it available to be synchronized to your mobile device (and vice versa). Any changes made to one device will be wirelessly synchronized to all other devices using the same Google account.

Hassle-free data transfer. Whether you purchase a new phone or switch between two different mobile phone brands, your address book and calendar items are always ready to be viewed after a few minutes of synching. All you need is a working internet connection.

Automatic synchronization. Never miss a calendar appointment ever again, because you can opt to either put the synching automatically or manually. Selecting ‘Automatic’ will sync Google Calendar approximately every two hours or whenever you make any changes on your mobile handheld, while selecting ‘Manual’ will only sync updates when you want it.

Minimal data usage. The Google Sync service is very helpful and yet syncing wirelessly over mobile connection utilizes minimal data usage only. As an example, you can already sync a total of 145 calendar updates and 30 address book updates using only 133 kilobytes.

Runs on the background. Working on a document in your iPad? You won’t even notice that synchronization is happening. Depending on which device you are using, the Google Sync app runs on the background, taking only a minimal portion of the RAM. That is how efficient it is.

The next time your friend asks you how he can transfer data seamlessly in a quick, easy way, tell him to sign up for a Google account and make use of Google Sync.

This article is my thirty-first contribution to Manila Bulletin -- one of the Philippines' leading broadsheets -- published on September 05, 2011 (Monday) in the TechNews Section. You can view the PDF version here.


this is new to me... lemme go to the site and discover more about Google Sync.  Thanks for the info!

Woohoo! Glad I was able to help someone :)

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