Google's Winter Cleaning Hits iPhone, Other Non-Android Handsets

Setting up an iPhone, Nokia, or Windows Phone to sync with Gmail's services now takes more work, due to Google's "winter cleaning." The search giant, which owns the Android operating system, announced it is discontinuing a number of services, including Google Sync, which allows users to access Gmail, Calendar and Contacts over a number of devices by using the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol. Google is instead recommending open protocols CalDAV, CardDAV and IMPA for calendar, contacts, and e-mail, respectively. Starting January 30th, consumers won't be able to set up new devices using Google Sync, although it will still work for users who have already set it up.

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