Microsoft Exchange

Enhanced Email Review

For the majority of Android users who need email access beyond their Gmail account, Android's built-in mail client performs adequately. It handles POP, IMAP and Exchange accounts without fuss, or any bells and whistles. But if you're someone who relies on email for your profession (and these days, who doesn't?) you've probably found yourself looking for a few more features, like a search function for Exchange accounts. If that's you, check out Enhanced Email from developer Quantum Apps.

Exchange Contacts & Calendar sync app gets price-cut

Microsoft Exchange support for Android is one of those things that can't come too soon for many enterprise users, but until then there are apps that promise at least partial functionality.  Wrike's ContactsCalendarSync is one such program, bringing contacts and calendar synchronization between an Exchange server and your Android device. Up until now, though, it's been a not-inconsiderable $24.95; more than many would like to pay, especially as it doesn't include email support.  Wrike have answered with a limited discount: from Thursday April 2nd through to April 16th, ContactsCalendarSync will be available for $9.95 through the Android Market. Obviously you'll need an Exchange server and the Exchange Web Services feature enabled in order for this to be of any use.  Back when we tried it in October we found it pretty straightforward, though not without glitches, but a more than 50-percent price cut certainly takes the edge off them. [via jkOnTheRun]

Get more Exchange capabilities with TouchDown

NitroDesk has released another solution to syncing your contacts with your Android-powered handset. This method is entirely within the application itself, no need for any PC client. TouchDown securely connects to corporate exchange systems to provide users with instant access to contacts, email and calendar information. TouchDown not only provides users with a great way to fetch their information, but also allows users to check for new email and events periodically. TouchDown is designed to keep Exchange and Google information separated. "While the information is separately maintained, we do not rule out the possibility of features in the future that enable synchronization or at least selective movement between the stores", claims NitroDesk. Users can now download TouchDown from the NitroDesk website. NitroDesk plans to have their application on Handango.com. Initially users will be able to download the free trial with all of the features enabled. Licenses can then be purchased wherever the application was downloaded from for $29.99. There is no word yet on whether we will be seeing TouchDown in the Android Market. [Via PRWeb]

Android Community Week in Review – Week 43 2008

Just before the launch of the T-Mobile G1 this week, Google decided to pull almost all of the applications in the Android Market. It turns out that they were pre-production applications that were only there for demo purposes only. It was not long before applications returned to the Android Market in completed form.  Myspace was the first social networking based application to hit the Android Market. With no sign of a Facebook app reports began to surface exposing the bad blood between Facebook and Google.

One San Francisco store was given the OK to sell the T-Mobile G1 a few hours early. The line grew rather long as people from all over the area lined up for a chance to get the G1 early. Many T-Mobile customers found a pleasant surprise on their doorsteps Monday morning as most of the pre-orders arrived 2 days early. Google finally released the source code for their Android operating system, however it appears it will only be for those who are running OSX or Linux. Kyocera also announced they are working on an Android-powered handset. No details about the device have been released at this time. T-Mobile's exclusive Hotspot Connect application was released into the Android Market this week allowing T-Mobile customers to connect to any T-Mobile Hotspot for free. The long awaited day came with the official launch of the T-Mobile G1, the first handset to run Google's Android platform. TmoNews reported that there was to be an over the air update (OTA) for the G1 on the 23rd, but after no update was made available, reports changed the release date to November 2nd. One concept of the Android interface surfaced in the Show Room for the Swedish software technology and design company Tat. Seen in the concept was a layout at the bottom that somewhat resembled that of the iPhone dock. Google announced that they will start allowing paid applications to enter the Android Market in early 2009. Another picture surfaced this week bringing hope to G1 owners who would like an on-screen keyboard, the picture showed an on-screen keyboard that very closely resembles that of Apple's iPhone. Instructions surfaced helping people activate their G1 at home without having an account, although to achieve this an activated T-Mobile SIM card is required. Hop-on is the latest company to announce that they are developing a phone to run the Android platform. Hop-on plans to unveil their Android in January at CES 2009. Stories are coming from all over the place stating that T-Mobile employees in non-3G areas know little or nothing about the G1 because they will not be selling the device. Two developers of award winning Android applications TuneWiki and Shopsavvy, held an AndroidDevCamp in Dallas on the 25th to help developers get started with Android. HTC CEO Peter Chou, told Mercury News that G1 sales for 2008 would be more than 600,000 units rather than the 1.5 million reported to be sold already in pre-orders. Security researchers have already found a security flaw in the G1 that can potentially allow attackers to record keystrokes made within the devise's browser application. Google is aware of this problem and states that it is not as bad as it appears and that they are already working on it. Our Golla G1 Case Giveaway came to an end this week, we would like to take the time again to thank our sponsor Smartphone Experts for making the giveaway posible. I am going to pick up a Golla case myself, the cases were actually really nice and fit very well. I would also like to say thank you to all of our members for making this week another record breaking week for us here at Android Community!

Android Community Week in Review – Week 42 2008

What a week it has been for Android Community. We started off with a story about T-Mobile selling 1.5 million G1 handsets already in pre-orders. T-Mobile has refused to comment on these numbers, suggesting that they are far too high. Logically, if the actual numbers were the same as reported or higher, T-Mobile more than likely would have happily taken the credit. We also got the chance to put out the first ever exclusive Android Community hands-on G1 review!

We were really excited to be able to completely go through and test the G1 this past week. We found the G1 was very small and sturdy in your hands. The user interface was amazingly responsive and easy to navigate. Applications such as TuneWiki and ShopSavvy (formally known as GoCart) still have me in awe. However not everything about the G1 was something to celebrate. The battery dies extremely quickly, we have been led to believe that it is the lack of a way to end background processes such as applications. We have found that GPS does not work in all cities. We were able to quickly find our location in Scottsdale AZ, however the G1 was not able to locate positions in Manhattan NY. We are not sure if it is a firmware issue or network issue. Google has a killswitch in their operating system that can disable applications remotely "just in case". Unlike Apple with the iPhone, Google was very upfront with letting the public know about it. Motorola hinted that the new 350-member Android team is working on a social networking based Android-powered handset. Information about this handset came from an ad placed for a position on their Android development team. Microsoft may one day bring their Flash-equivalent to Android with their Silverlight program. This would be a large advantage for the Android platform over the iPhone which currently does not have Flash. Handango will be the first to bring both free and paid applications to the Android Market. This is good news for new G1 owners who are looking for popular applications such as Garmin turn-by-turn directions. Many mobile gamers will be happy to know that games such as Spore may be on their way to the T-Mobile G1 very soon. Not many people use Gmail to synchronize their contacts, the vast majority of people use Microsoft Exchange to manage their address books. Out of the box the G1 does not support Exchange synchronization, but it didn't take long for Wrike to create an application that will sync your Exchange contacts to your phone. Currently it only supports one way synchronization, but they promise to soon have two-way functionality. Here at Android Community we have had a lot going on, our community member Designdawg has created what now is our site banner. We were so impressed that we even made a few limited-edition shirts using the design. We are just about to wrap up our Golla G1 case giveaway. We have had 11 winners so far, the last contest winner will be announced on October 22nd, the day the G1 is set to launch. We also held the official Android Community G1 launch party in Texas, hopefully a real treat for our members; the lucky few close enough to take part got to meet the people behind Android Community and some walked away with some really nice prizes. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.

Wrike syncs Microsoft Exchange contacts with T-Mobile G1

Many people have all their contacts synced with Microsoft Exchange, however with the T-Mobile G1 contacts are only synced with your Google address book, leaving it difficult for those who do not use Gmail. There is now a downloadable sync tool that allows you to sync your contacts right from the Microsoft Exchange Server, and not a moment too soon.

This application will be be free to everyone. The development was sponsored by Wrike, web-based project management software that is transparently integrated with email, and Intermedia, the leading exchange hosting provider. They claim that “ContactsSync works perfectly for updating data in your G1 phone address book.” The draw-back to this method is that if there are any changes made in your exchange address book you will have to synchronize it again for changes to take place; unlike, say, using Exchange natively on a Windows Mobile handset, there's no automatic synchronization. Once you download ContactsSync to your T-Mobile G1 setting it up is pretty simple. All you have to do is open the application, go to Menu> Settings and enter the email and password for your Exchange account. There are advanced settings if you wish to manually configure the Exchange web services address. After the application is setup you just press “Load contacts” and the contacts will copy over to your G1. This application will not sync over the contacts already on your device, however if you already have the contact on your phone it will be duplicated. As of now it only works one way too; we're told a later version of ContacsSync will support two-way synchronization and merging of contacts. [Wrike]