If all you want is push email, the IMAP idle feature has done this for years - on my Nokia E61 at least. Still, it's worth something if you need calendar syncing.
Google has added e-mail support to its Google Sync service, providing vital connectivity to iPhone and Windows Mobile Users who don't have the time to press "check mail". The new functionality was launched last night, but rapidly became overloaded as initial synchronisations took their toll. The service is working better now, …
"While some of us are happy to check e-mail when we want to, many people feel their lives aren't complete without Twitter feeds, Facebook updates and email alerts constantly reminding them how important they are"
Short sighted and ignorant comments like that do you no favours.
This is a fantastic step forward. Finally I can set up one thing on my phone and get calendar, contacts and email, without fiddling around with IMAP. Plus I now get push email too! (bye bye battery, I suspect)
(In the "grass is always greener" school of thought, it would be nice if I could sync texts with them too for backup, but that's just me being greedy...)
OMG I've been waiting for this for like ages so cool
i don't have many friends or anything (I read the register after all) BUT I DO have some techie friends with whom I can spunk over the fact that we have FREE push email at last :-)
I LOVE Google!!
And if you think any of the above is an awful attempt at humour you're wrong, stop being so cynical.
Oh and btw @ the gimp who mentioned push IMAP - don't post here if you're a clueless fool please. Waste my time.
Has everyone forgotten about scheduled polling? All the joys of receiving email without having to press "send and receive", but without the constant interruptions and p1ss poor battery life?
I use a 5 minute poll on a WinMo device against our corporate exchange, and battery life is 2+ times better than with push mail on. If something is that important that it can't wait a few minutes, then you can always use that mobile phone to maybe make a phone call?
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I thought really important people have other people to field and filter all emails and telephone calls. It seemed to me that it is the lower echelons that need to be permanently reachable, in case they are summoned to perform some task.
Surely Smithers would look after the various communications of Monty Burns? :-)
Not sure I believe you or that you actually have a clue how push email works there fella. The whole point of push is that the server does the work, so saving YOUR battery life. If your device is polling every few minutes, it's using up power. If I don't get any emails but have push turned on, I use no juice. Any explanations as to how you feel doing nothing uses twice as much energy as doing something over and over again would be much appreciated by myself and energy conservationists the world over.
> " Short sighted and ignorant comments like that do you no favours."
I, on the other hand, like a little leavening of sarcasm.
If I am needed by work when I am off work they can ring or text me as an exceptional circumstance. I do not want the mindless prattling of HR and management taking up my valuable time.
And I have taken a person's phone from them when they were about to look at a text or email while I was talking to them. I was tempted to chuck it in the bin.
I may have to join facelessbook but only because my old school group is posting pics there and to check up on my kids.
Simple. For push to work the phone must keep a constant connection up, because if its IP changes it's not going to be able to receive notifications. With polling it can actually go to sleep in between, thus saving battery.
Also, if you get email at a greater rate than the polling interval then polling is a win there, too. If you don't poll and just have the email client check when you bring it up, that's the best of all.
Having tried it I can say IMAP is far superior - I can go into any folder on my IMAP account and it's populated instantly because IMAP only downloads the headers until you need the email. OTOH with the exchange version it tries to download the whole email including attachments - I'm currently at 24 hours plus and my inbox only has half its emails, most of the folders are still empty... and the 'push notification' takes over 10 minutes to notify you of a new email. It's like going back to POP, only worse.