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# 41769 23-Sep-2009 06:45
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Finally, straight from the horses mouth... Gmail has launched Push email for iPhone and Windows mobile.

Push Gmail for iPhone and Windows Mobile
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 8:48 AM
Posted by Marcus Foster, Product Manager, Google Mobile

Those of you who live in your Gmail inboxes usually want to know what's happening with your email more instantly than standard fetch mail on your phone allows. Sure, using Gmail in your mobile browser gives you all the benefits of conversation threading and starring, but you still have to refresh every time you want to check for new mail.

When we launched Google Sync for Contacts and Google Calendar earlier this year, an over-the-air, always-on connection to sync mail was noticeably absent. We heard your requests loud and clear, and starting today you can use Google Sync to get your Gmail messages pushed directly to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Windows Mobile device.

You can set up push Gmail by itself or choose to sync your Contacts and/or Calendar as well. If you're using an iPhone, make sure you're running iPhone OS version 3.0 or above (on your device, click Settings > General > About and scroll down until you see Version). If your software is out of date, follow Apple's upgrade instructions. Then, visit from your computer for set up instructions. If you're already using Google Sync, you can just enable push mail.

Once you're set up, new messages are normally pushed to your phone within seconds. While this type of speed is pretty awesome, push connections tend to use more power than fetching at intervals, so don't be surprised if your battery life isn't quite what it used to be. We've done a lot of work to optimize power usage, but if you prefer to save battery life, you can always turn off push in your phone's settings and fetch mail every 30 or 60 minutes instead.

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  # 257703 23-Sep-2009 08:06
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This is just... dumb!

They already use ActiveSync to synchronise Contacts and Calendar. Why not keep using it and just add email to the mix?

Scratch that... I see THEY ARE USING ACTIVESYNC for email too. Good move then. I will start using it.

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  # 257771 23-Sep-2009 11:49
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Awesome, just cancelled my mail2web account (was on free trial anyways) after I confirmed this works perfectly with Roadsync - awesome!

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  # 258522 26-Sep-2009 12:44
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Either the Apple Mail client is terrible, or the Gmail implementation sucks - because it just crashed my iPod touch. According to the crash dump (extracted with Xcode) it sat too long without doing anything so Springboard killed it.

I finally have fibre!  Had to leave the country to get it though.

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  # 258527 26-Sep-2009 12:56
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Some problems:

- it doesn't like folders/subfolders. For example if you use Google Apps Premier and the Outlook Sync client you can create folders in Outlook that look like labels on GMAIL - with "/" in the name for subfolders. This works with MfE on S60 but crashes ActiveSync on Windows Mobile.

- Synchronisation is bad at best. Some messages are never synchronised to a mobile device and some messages are never removed from the mobile device when deleted from mail.

- The Google server seems to have a terrible uptime, even for the paid Apps Premier.

I moved to Google Apps Premier because it was cheaper than a Microsoft BPOS account (Premiere is not free). But support is lacking and unresponsive - again even for the paid Apps Premier.

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