Dec 16

Bad news for Gmail users on iOS. Google has just announced that it will be ditching support for the Exchange ActiveSync protocol next month. Exchange ActiveSync is a XML-based protocol, developed by Microsoft, that allows the synchronization of email, calendar, contacts, and other data between servers and mobile devices and is the easiest way to sync your Gmail account with your iPhone. Google announced on their blog that this service will be removed on January 30th next year.

“Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® protocol. With the recent launch of CardDAV, Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Starting January 30, 2013, consumers won’t be able to set up new devices using Google Sync; however, existing Google Sync connections will continue to function. Google Sync will continue to be fully supported for Google Apps for Business, Government and Education. Users of those products are unaffected by this announcement.”

Source [iDB]

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