"Google has announced it will be shutting down Google Sync and Google Calendar Sync, as part of a blog post titled “Winter Cleaning”."
This announcement was on many blogs (see the links below) and technical sites after Google's announcement of December 14 stating that they would be removing Google Sync, among other offerings, from their list of services.
Actually, the ramifications for users who depend on Google to wirelessly sync their calendars and contacts (especially those using CompanionLink from GoldMine to Google) should be very slight. That is, if you don't own a Windows phone. If you have one of those,well, it's not so easy. Microsoft does not equip their phones with CalDAV and CardDAV, just ActiveSync, so Google will no longer be talking to those devices, at all.
Google Sync has already been removed for BlackBerry users. This change happened in November 2012, primarily because Google found little demand for the service. Now, that removal is extending to all devices.
This time, the reasoning for the removal is rooted more in competitive market strategy. Google Sync uses Microsoft Activesync technology. Google pays Microsoft to license ActiveSync. For a multitude of reasons, Google apparently does not want to do that anymore.
Fortunately, there is an equally good, equally stable open-source standard for syncing both calendar and contact items. CalDAV for calendar sync, and CardDAV for contact sync, is the standard that will be used by Google for syncing contacts and calendar items to their handhelds. Both CalDAV and CardDAV are in place on most current devices.
Both of these standards are found on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, and Android 4.0 and higher. If you own an earlier handheld that has no CALDAV/CARDDAV client, you may be out of luck if there is no downloadable client for your device. If you are using the GoogleSync client for syncing Outlook calendar and contact items with Google, this will no longer work after January 30 on new installations, but Google is claiming that existing instances will be unaffected.
BlackBerry v6 enables proprietary contact and calendar sync using a similar approach through the RIM BlackBerry Internet Service, which works well. Click Here for more information on setting up BlackBerry this way.
If you own an iPhone 4 or 5, you won't experience a problem-- you do have to set up carddav and caldav accounts and delete your Exchange account for syncing. In fact, here is a link that explains setting up your iPhone to sync using CardDAV/CalDAV instead of Exchange/Google Sync.
I tried this on an iPhone 4 and it worked perfectly.
None of this affects CompanionLink, which syncs your Outlook or GoldMine contact and calendar data to Google both ways. As far as I can tell, you should not need to adjust anything on CompanionLink through this change.
As always, if you need any help, you can call on me, and I will update this Blog with new information.