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by Derek Kessler Mon, 17 Dec 2012 5:44 pm EST

webOS Synergy Google sync safe from Google's ActiveSync shut down

When Google announced last week that they were going to be shutting down support for new synchronization connections via Exchange ActiveSync, we were a little worried. Obviously that meant that webOS users wouldn't be able to add Google accounts via Exchange after the January 2013 shut down deadline, but what about the Google Account log-in option in Synergy, would that continue to function? Since we didn't know what Palm and HP built in to webOS to make the Google syncing magic happen, we had to ask.

It took a little while (Google had no clue what we were talking about, though that's not surprising considering that webOS probably isn't even on their radar anymore), but we've got our answer straight from HP:

"WebOS uses IMAP for accessing Gmail, and both Google Contacts API v2 and Google Calendar API v2 for Contacts and Calendar access. WebOS will not be affected by Google's decision to discontinue ActiveSync support for Gmail, Contacts, and Calendar on new devices."

So, breath easy Gmail-obsessed webOS users (this blogger included) - everything's hunky dory in Synergy land. The APIs utilized by webOS have been deprecated by Google as they've moved on to v3 of both the Google Contacts API and Google Calendar API, though we've seen no indication for Google that they'll be discontinued anytime soon. Then again, Microsoft was apparently caught off guard by Google's decision to kill Exchange support, so you never know...

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aaaaaand relax.

That is great news!

I suspect this will affect users who are connecting via the Microsoft Exchange connector to Google. I do this for my corporate google apps accounts, so I think I am safe, but others may not be. I am doing this because it seems to synchronize the recurring appointments better. (I have some that are "weekday" and only show up one day of the week)

Good to know. Thanks for the info. Might go ahead and buy a pixi now.

I wonder when the editor wrote this article, how could anyone trust what HP says anymore about WebOS ? With their latest stupidity and NOT-SO-SMART decision making with their unqualified CEO Mrs. Whitman, who's to say that they are actually wrong and it will be bit affected about Google's decision to end Google sync amongst other services........

Google's always very clear in what they're doing when they're shutting down services. They said nothing of the Contacts and Calendar APIs, and there's nothing on the API pages about an impending shutdown.

It's one thing to suggest that the leadership of HP is making poor decisions. It's asinine to suggest that lower-level HP engineers - the kind of people the PR department gets in contact about when I ask about these things - would be so inept at their jobs as to not know what's happening and give incorrect information as a result.

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Do you trust me that I've looked at the Synergy bits and confirmed that it wasn't using EAS, which I posted soon after the previous news article regarding Google's discontinuation of Exchange services was posted?

thanks Derek and GMMan

Thanks for the update on this story Derek! The first article on this topic had me seriously bummed...

Thanks for the update on this story Derek! The first article on this topic had me seriously bummed...

woohoo!

any of our fine devs into moving to google API V3 with OpenWebOS?

What would be happening when google is cleaning a bit more and API V2 would be shutdown in half a year?

EAS connector is propretary/ binary and not avail on openwebos and now even google shut this way down. Then also the Palm Profile way is out of reach in OpenWebos, where else can one sync contacts and calendar?

The EAS connector might be proprietary, but that doesn't mean that the protocol is cryptic. Most of it is XML.

Take a look at z-push, a free and opensource EAS service replacement. Now, that we have the server, it should be less of a problem to build a connector, right?

CalDAV and CardDAV would be a better option than Google's APIs. Then you'd be able to use it with Google, Yahoo, and any other CalDAV/CardDAV providers.

any of our fine devs into moving to google API V3 with OpenWebOS?

What would be happening when google is cleaning a bit more and API V2 would be shutdown in half a year?

EAS connector is propretary/ binary and not avail on openwebos and now even google shut this way down. Then also the Palm Profile way is out of reach in OpenWebos, where else can one sync contacts and calendar?

Last I heard Open webOS didn't have support for API V2. I was under the impression that almost all the synergy services had been stripped out of Open webOS.

Only open source services are included in Open webOS Synergy, and the only one included is IMAP for email.

Open webOS Professional Edition, that's another question... http://www.webosnation.com/open-webos-profession-edition-be-how-gram-mak...

Yup, I was going to suggest some kind of upgrade to the latest API or whatever (obviously, I'm no expert).

I assume there is a way that (open source) Android interacts with google services like calendar and email. If this method were imported into webOS... well, I for one am confident that Google wouldn't be shutting that down any time soon.

But maybe Android doesn't work in a synergistic manner?

Not sure why we don't have a caldav and ldap synergy plugin from day one. Having to rely on ANY third party for contact and calendar sync sucks. I'd much rather be able to use my own servers with standard open protocols, thanks.

OK Folks, starting to get a little nervous. I am using a Pre2 through verizon and have thousands of contacts and use the calender via Google and tonight I am noticing many of the details of my contact are gone? Names of children etc that have always been there very recently. Also noticeing the calender is not updating correctly. Not sure this is the best article to post this comment on, and I dont understand half(ok 99%) of the technical stuff previously discussed, but its seemed relevant? Maybe its coincidence? Suggestions?

Nice.

Is the upshot of this that new exchange connections are not affected? All the instructions i can find to set up google calendar suggest to utilize the exchange method. Thanks for any insights.

WebOS is great,just tested a open source android 4.4.2 version from ulefone production,Google sync works fine..