Up until recently, syncing Google (News - Alert) Contacts to iOS devices was quite a pain. I use the past-tense to describe that because that’s no longer the case, thanks to Google. With new support for the CardDAV open protocol, third party clients, such as the iOS Contacts app, can sync with Google Contacts quickly and easily.
Sure, there are plenty of ways to get Google Contacts to the iPhone (News - Alert) as it is. There are a few third-party clients that do that, or Google Sync. Those who aren’t using iCloud can also tell iTunes to sync with them. However, CardDAV makes it easier than ever.
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It just takes a few steps to set it up, which can be done through the Settings application on one’s device of choice. From there it’s just adding the CardDAV Account and entering the proper information, and it will automatically sync up.
Gmail and Calendar users are already enjoying similar support with IMAP for e-mail and CalDAV for calendars on iOS and Android (News - Alert) mobile devices.
This may not be breaking news, but for those who are untrusting of the existing third-party products, or just got an iOS device and want to sync their Google contacts, it’s very useful.
After all, it’s far easier to keep a single list of contacts that goes to multiple devices than multiple lists for each device. The lack of interoperability many devices and programs have is a source of frustration for many people, but being able to keep contacts, e-mail, and one’s calendar synced up over multiple devices is nothing to look down on. I’m sure there are many people who will be thankful for this option.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman