Back in March, we reported that Google has updated their mobile web interface for Gmail for all smartphone operating systems except Windows Phone. Windows Phone users was redirected to a old HTML based UI which was built for feature phones. Now, Google has updated their mobile UI of Gmail for feature phone devices which includes Windows Phones.
People use all sorts of devices to access Gmail: their web browser, smartphone, tablet and, in many parts of the world, their feature phone. For those of you who use a feature phone to access Gmail on the go, starting today you’re getting a brand new look that’s faster and easier to use.
You’ll get a number of improvements that reduce the number of button presses required to read, reply and compose emails. For example, you can reply directly to a message from the thread view, you can choose to move to the previous or next conversation, and much more.
I’ve migrated my email account to Hotmail/Outlook.com few years back. Do you still use Gmail as your primary email account? If so, any strong reason behind it?
Google was meant to stop supporting new connections to Gmail using Exchange Activesync today, but it appears new Windows Phone users will be able to continue enjoying true push email and contact and calendar sync using the efficient protocol, as Microsoft has negotiated an extension of the date.
A Microsoft spokesman told the Verge:
“We’ve reached an agreement with Google to extend support for new Windows Phone connections to the Google Sync service through December 31, 2013."
Existing Windows Phone users with connections already set up to Gmail would not have been affected, though the issue would crop up when moving to new devices, as Microsoft has removed the option to set up Exchange Activesync with Gmail.
The Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update was meant to be the solution to the issue by providing CardDav and CallDav support, with IMAP providing the email sync, but the update has only started rolling out to handsets in the last few weeks, though new devices have shipped with the update already in place.
The Gmail issue is part of an on-going enmity between Google and Microsoft, with Google refusing mostly to support Windows Phone with apps and services, and Microsoft making more money than Google from Android licensing. Despite the extension it seems unlikely the underlying issues will be resolved anytime soon.
Via The Verge.com
It will probably be a cold day in hell before Google delivers a Gmail app for Windows Phone, but company EcoMerc has taken a novel approach to the issue, and has simply ported the code base of the iPhone app to Windows Phone.
The app, which due to its origin looks like a combination of an iPhone and Windows Phone app, supports most of the features found in the iPhone app, and in its paid version offers push support.
The app appears to work relatively well, but some of the controls are clearly designed for another operating system. If you however are desperate for at least some of the Gmail experience on Windows Phone, given Google’s horrible WAP Gmail page for our OS, there is currently no other way.
The app is Windows Phone 8 only.
Find the app at the links below.
If recipients of your email complain your carefully composed missives sent from your phone are looking like the above mess, it may be that Google is screwing you once again.
It turns out Gmail will happily strip out the headers and render your email gobbledygook.
As Google says:
Each time you send a message, Gmail automatically selects an appropriate encoding for the language(s) in which you’ve composed your mail. It’s possible, however, that the recipient may not be able to properly view the message you’ve sent.
If your contacts are having trouble viewing messages you’ve sent them, we recommend using ‘UTF-8′ (Unicode) for all outgoing mail. UTF-8 is a standard encoding that’s accepted by many email clients.
Here’s how to use UTF-8 encoding:
- Click the gear icon in the upper right, then select Settings.
- Scroll down until you see the ‘Outgoing message encoding:’ section
- Select Use Unicode (UTF-8) encoding for outgoing messages
So if you are receiving complaints that your mail is all messed up, simply switch on Unicode support at Google’s end and everything will be fine.
Or you could switch to Outlook.com of course, where you don’t get scroogled all the time…
In a blog post Microsoft professed surprise at Googleâ€™s move to drop Exchange ActiveSync support, but noted that this was an excellent opportunity to move to a better service, Outlook.com.
Calling POP and IMAP protocols so ancient it was invented before mobile phones, they noted that ActiveSync was only 10 years old and designed for Mobile from the start, meaning better battery life with Direct Push email and conservation of bandwidth.
Microsoft offered the following migration steps:
Have any of our readers made the switch yet? Let us know your experience below.
Google has finally enabled Windows Phone 7 users to sync their phone with multiple Google calendars. Up till now WP7 users had to spoof the process by using an iOS device to select the calendars at m.google.com/sync since the feature had always been available on that platform.
Of course this does not mean Google are now Windows Phone fans â€“ their instructions are still for Windows Mobile, a very deprecated platform now.
The instructions for synching multiple Google calendars can be found here, and for ridding yourself of Google can be found here.