Well, Google's at it again: http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/14/3...l-calendar-and
For those of you who use GMail and / or Google calendar on any platform other than Android (where a proprietary sync solution is used), this is very bad news.
For iOS users:
- you can no longer use Mail.app if you want to have push. In that case, you'll have to use Google's native GMail app. The caveat being that iOS is unable to use the GMail app to send e-mails directly from within other apps (to, say, share an article on Reeder, for example). If you use the native GMail app, you'll also have to set up an additional IMAP Google account on your phone so you'll still be able to use share via e-mail.
- You'll have to use CalDAV to sync your calendars. Again: no push. Google doesn't have a native calendar app for iOS, so push functionality for calendars is lost permanently. Plus, this means you need yet another account on your iPhone. That's three in total: one for your GMail app, one for IMAP and one for CalDAV. If you change your Google password, you'll have to change it three times on your mobile phone.
For Windows Phone 7 or 8 users:
Well, unless Microsoft comes up with another solution by the end of January, you're screwed. WP8 doesn't support CalDAV and you'll be e-mail only henceforward. And you'll also lose push support as WP8 doesn't support push over IMAP (which doesn't work very reliably anyway and drains the battery far more quickly than EAS).
So what are the choices other than giving up on the convenience push offers (and on calendars, if you're on WP)?
1. Give Google your money. For paid Google Apps accounts, Google will continue to offer EAS. However, that also means you can kiss your @gmail.com address goodbye as you'll need to provide your own domain for Google Apps for businesses. Also, Google Apps isn't easy to set up and maintain for non-techies.
2. Give up on Google and switch to Outlook.com (which will continue to offer EAS support for all platforms). You could also switch to an icloud.com account but then you'll also lose push on any platform other than iOS (or, if you're in Germany, also for iOS as Apple had to disable push in Germany due to patent issues).
3. buy an Android device (which is, of course, what Google wants you to do at this point)
Existing setups will continue to work beyond January 31 but eventually you'll need to reset your phone and then it's over.
All in all, this is a very bad move for a huge number of users - I've been on Google Apps for years so this doesn't affect me. But I'm seriously wondering what's next and whether it's smart to remain with Google as my provider for e-mail and calendars.
It's also clear that Google's aim is to keep Windows Phone 8 from cannibalizing Android's market share. Google also announced that they wouldn't release any Google applications (such as a native GMail account) for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8. I'm sure they'd also dump support for iOS if they could, but that would upset too many people. So essentially, Google is now actively using its de-facto monopoly to kill the competition. So much for Google's "do no evil" policy. They've shown that they're the same kind of a** h***s as Apple.