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How to synchronize mail, contacts and calendar with Google
[Most of the following will also hold for other Symbian S60 5th edition phones, such as Nokia N97 5800]
Let's first note that Googles documentation for mobile access is very incomplete and not always correct. There is also a confusing terminology:
* Using IMAP will keep your phone's inbox fully synchronized with your online GMail or Google Apps mail .
New mail is received immediately (push), provided you keep the mail application running in the background, and you don't loose connection.
It's even faster than mail notification by the desktop Google Talk client.
You can synchronize multiple folders.
Here are instructions.
* or you can use a POP connection (instructions), which downloads full messages; advantages:
* Alternatively, you can use the Gmail Java application, available from m.google.com/mail. Advantages:
* You can use the mobile web interface at mail.google.com, of course.
* Or you can use RoadSync, which is Samsung's equivalent of Nokia's Mail for Exchange.
It works as a plugin to the standard messaging client. You can try it and define Roadsync mail accounts while keeping your standard messaging accounts.
It connects through the ActiveSync protocol.
It seems a heavier solution to me; I suspect it consumes more power than Imap when you keep it always on.
An advantage is, it reconnects automatically after losing connection, and it can use scheduled sync instead of always on (push).
If your preinstalled version of RoadSync is 4.003, which it probably is, you have to update to 4.004.
If you want to connect to Google Apps, you have to upgrade to 5.0 (costs $9.99)(haven't tried it).
The 4.004 version does not support HTML content from Google (perhaps 5.0 does).
For setup settings, see Google's instructions.
* There is an Emoze beta mail client, which also has facebook support.
* If you manage to download and install and run Email for Nokia from the Ovi store, and select the GMail option, you'll find that (on a properly hacked Samsung) it will only help you to configure Imap access to GMail in the standard mail client.
No trace of extra push functionality; one probably has to create an Ovi Messaging account and use the Ovi Mail option in the app.
* Can be synchronized from the contact manager through the SyncML protocol.
All contact fields and even pictures are synchronized.
Here are Google's instructions (not available in all languages!), but they don't mention Symbian S60 5th ed., so I made up these:
* If you want scheduled synchronization, then install the nice tiny Swim application.
It performs the synchronization as defined above at an interval of your choice
Be sure to select a specific connection either in your sync profile, or as your phones default network destination (Connectivity->Destinations), or else you will be asked at each sync anew.
Don't sync too often, because it will be visible in the user interface and might butt into your device use.
* You can also use RoadSync, but then only names and phone numbers are synchronized, no other contact data
* Calendar synchronization through SyncML is not supported by Google.
* RoadSync can synchronize the calendar through the ActiveSync protocol.
It supports only a single calendar, and no recurring events! (if I remember correctly)
* Third party software Googasync works excellently.
It can synchronize with multiple Google calendars and birthdays.
It can do scheduled synchronization.
It doesn't use third party servers.
Cost is a one-time fee.
* You can use the free calendar synchronization service by syncme.se (Thanks, froilen)
It works through their servers, making you dependent on them.
The free service supports only a single calendar, and no events in the past.
The paid service is not yet available.
* Third party software goosync can also synchronize for free, but only for the next 14 days and for a single calendar.
For a longer time window or multiple calendars or Google Apps accounts, you need a subscription.
It works through GooSync's servers.
* Google's mobile calendar web interface (at m.google.com/calendar) is very limited.
The Dutch language version doesn't even allow to add events, dutchmen might want to switch to English.
But you can access the full version by going to http://www.google.com/calendar/render
Tasks synchronization is yet in no way allowed by Google (except for their Android and iPhone apps) .
When using Googasync, tasks created on your phone show up as appointments in Google Calendar.
There is no bookmark synchronization solution known to me from any Symbian browser to any Google service, or to any desktop browser other than Opera .
Some partial solutions:
Synble 2.01, providing some synchronization between SMS and GTalk messages, doesn't work on our device.
Last edited by PeterdeBruin; 02-22-2011 at 11:33 PM. Reason: Auto retrieval, pop and Emoze added etc
the above mentioned settings doesnt work.
i have samsung star gt s5233a. i have done the setup for sync and it connects successfully after like 20 or 30 seconds it shows error "receiving failed" and it ends.
i have been trying several settings and nothing works.
can you plz tell me what should be the actual settings for samsung star gt s 5233a or s5230
Free sync for your calendar
There is now a free service for synchronizing your Google calendar as well: syncme.lorenc.se - free Calendar synchronization over SyncML between your mobile phone and Google
There is no official support for Samsung, but its worth a try...
How to update RoadSync
The version of RoadSync which ships with the i8910 (at least in 2009) doesn't work with GMail; you need version 4.004 or later.
But the built-in update mechanism is only accessible after you succesfully completed a mail configuration...
So you have to update via the website, which is not very trivial.
So here are instructions:
Roadsync, Google and SPB Mobile Shell 3.5
I've searched for an answer to this and most of the posts are outdated with old information and refer to old issue and older software versions...so I'll start here.
I have used Roadsync for some time and like it. Recently I did a hard reset, flashed to JCI-WS-02-EN, and reloaded apps (including SPB Mobile Shell 3.5- Woot!!) I re-setup all my connections, email etc.
Previously I did not have a conflict between Google mail and Roadsync, (I was able to get push updates regularly and reliably, as well as creating emails from my phone) but now I can't recall how I did it. Then again, I wasn't using Mobile Shell either. After resetting up everything it was all fine, in that Roadsync (ver. 4.004 build 657) was syncing, pushing, etc. The only problem was I couldn't CREATE an email, nor could I view subscription folders from Gmail. This was because no email had been set up in the native email app settings.
Eventually I had to look up a past email remotely, and I wanted to create an email from the phone, so I set up Gmail in the native app. The result is that Mobile Shell now reports only from the native app and Roadsync no longer syncs, or populates in the Messages/Roadsync folder, even though I have confirmed there is a IAP selected in Advanced Settings and Roadsync is not disabled.
How do I get the two to play nice? Is this a SPB Mobile Shell issue?
You might wonder why not just use the native app. Roadsync is much more reliable since it automatically reconnects if a connection is lost whereas the native app will not, so that you sometimes don't get emails updated as consistently as desired.
I've deleted the Gmail mailbox in the native app, rebooted, synced manually in Roadsync and it all seem to be working again, but if I want to create an email from my phone, or view folders other than my inbox, I'm back to square one. Any ideas?
Roadsync 4.004 no longer working with Google
I'm also unable (anymore) to set up a Google account on Roadsync 4.004 (build 657).
The Roadsync log says "Your server requires a policy that RoadSync does not support."
Does anyone still have a working RoadSync 4.004 connection?
RoadSync 5.0 should do the trick, according to support.dataviz.com and this Google support discussion, but the latter says also RoadSync 5.0 is still buggy.
Last edited by PeterdeBruin; 06-09-2010 at 10:10 PM.
Thanks for the quick response, but maybe we're not communicating. I CAN sync with v4.04. It works fine. However, I'm not sure what you mean by "set up a Google account on Roadsync". Anyway like I said, I've done this in the past. The conflict may be in Mobile Shell.
If I didn't have Mobile Shell I could set up Google in the native app and each, Roadsync and Google would work independently. I would leave Google disconnected and set the Notifications to Disabled so it wouldn't poll for new email. This lets Roadsync reference it at m.google.com (IMAP). Then if I wanted to create an email, I could do it from the native app. The problem seems to come with notifications in Mobile Shell.
Not sure how to solve this.
Well, it appears I solve my own problem. I found the settings I needed in Roadsync. Jeez...If anyone has a similar issue and needs help, pls post and I'll add comments. Otherwise I'm just moving on.