The year 2012 has nearly come to an end, and seems like some of the Google’s services share the same status. Last week we saw that Google dropped the support for free Google Apps edition, and now Google discontinues Google Sync service for the non-paying customers. The Google Sync service which was based on Exchange ActiveSync to sync between your Calender, Contacts and mail and will no longer be available for new users, but the old users will get to use the service continuously.
Google Sync Dropped Down By Google, CardDAV Takes Place
Designed initially to allow access to Google Mail, Calender and Contacts using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol, Google Sync was widely used by a lot of customers lately to keep their devices updated with their recent data. Now, Google is planning to introduce an all new service- CardDAV and CalDAV which offers a similar service like the Google Sync, but uses IMAP thus enhancing a flawless sync experience using open protocols.
Google Sync will no longer be able to serve to customers after January 31 ‘2013, as reported by Google However, old customers will still get the Google Sync support for Google apps for business, government and education, as informed by Google. Other services discontinued are Google Calender Sync , Google Sync For Nokia S60 and SyncML.
The impact of this service being discontinued won’t really affect Android users, however iPhone and other device users relying on Google sync will have to switch to CalDAV and CardDAV like open protocols.
In case you have already enabled Google Sync on your device, you will be able to use it without any issues, however you won’t be able to activate the service after January 31 ‘2013. We don’t understand why Google fails to add push support to its client, when Apple’s iCloud, AOL Mail, and Yahoo Mail, all have it in common. Let us know your views via the comments section below. For more, keep subscribed!