Free Google Syncing on Palm OS Comes and Goes
File under "comings". Google's Exchange ActiveSync option now works with all Palm OS smartphones that provide EAS support: the Treos 680, 700p, 755p and the Centro. If you haven't tried this before and are looking to get some webOS-style Synergy happening on your Palm OS device, setting up is simplicity itself. We've posted instructions after the break. Two caveats: email attachments don't download (but Google are working on it). More annoyingly, though, is that Google Calendar sync will wipe out any custom categories you might have set up for events on your Palm OS calendar. Boo!
File under "goings": GooSync, the third-party Palm OS Google syncing service, have announced that they are discontinuing the Free version of their software as of Monday, 19th October 2009. Although the free edition only synced calendars, it must still be a sad day for users. But hey - who needs it now? (If you're answering with a plaintive "me!", you can upgrade to the Premium version for a minimum of $19.95 annually.)
Google EAS Sync Palm OS Setup Instructions
- Open up your Email/Versamail application.
- Hit the Menu key, go to Accounts, then Account Setup, then hit New.
- This one's important: in the Email Address field, do not type in your Gmail address. Enter a dummy address instead (we'll change it later). Enter your password as normal. Hit Next.
- For Mail Type, choose Outlook (EAS). Enter your Gmail username, and m.google.com as the Mail Server. You can safely ignore the Advanced settings.
- Hit Done. Sit back and relax as your PIM data zips back-and-forth through the cloud. Maybe fix yourself a margarita, or a soothing cup of tea. Once it's done, you can pick-and-choose which items you want to be push-synced via the Options --> Preferences --> Auto Sync menu.
- Finally, we'll fix your email address. Go back to the Account Setup screen, select the EAS account you just created, and hit Edit. Enter your proper Gmail address and hit Done.
Thanks to Gekko for the tip.