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Google adds CardDAV support for iOS contacts

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Google has added support for the open CardDAV contact syncing protocol used by Apple in OS X and iOS, enabling Google Contacts users to directly sync just like Yahoo and iCloud.

Google's Gmail product manager Jeff Ellingson noted the new support for CardDAV in a blog posting today.

The new support requires iOS 5 or higher, and currently requires users to manually set up an "other" CardDAV account, as Apple's automated setup for Google accounts on both OS X and iOS only configure Gmail & Notes (via IMAP), Calendar & Reminders (via CalDAV), and Messages (via XMPP).



In the future, Apple will likely add support for simply checking a box for Contacts sync to simplify CardDAV account configuration, just as it does for Yahoo and Facebook accounts that already support CardDAV.

Apple pioneered support for the CalDAV and CardDAV open specifications in its efforts to build open Calendar and Contact sharing services in OS X Server as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server, which uses proprietary protocols to sync such data between clients and servers.

The company first added CalDAV and CardDAV support to its mobile devices in iOS 4 two years ago.

Apple has aggressively pushed both open standards for calendar and contact sync, enabling users to seamlessly use Macs and iOS devices with not just its own OS X Server and iCloud offerings, but also third party services from AOL, Google, Yahoo and any other systems that support them.

CalDAV and CardDAV are based upon the WebDAV specification for building web servers capable of both reading and writing information, so implementing the protocols is relatively simple for third parties.
post #2 of 14

I'd appreciate this article more if it were explained in more layman's terms...please?

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Will this finally eliminate the needless duplication of data between iCal/Calendar and Google's calendar? On my desktop calendar I have two, sometimes three duplicates of the same event thanks to whatever incompatibilities between applications.

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post #4 of 14

Yeah what the hell does this even mean.  Either the address book syncs with Google contacts or it doesnt.

 

And how in the hell do we get rid of the dupes that are guaranteed to show up anytime you sync with a new contact list.  Its the main reason I dont sync with Google contacts anymore.. dupes keep coming back (even after merging & deletions).

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Google adds CardDAV support for iOS calendars contacts

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What does this mean for users? Will Google Contacts now have access to contacts you add in iOS, and vice versa? That's what it seems to imply, but it's somewhat vague.
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You just add another contacts account. It can be managed from your Contacts application, but it doesn't spill over into your other accounts with Contacts

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Oh, good. The link didn't break when I fixed the title. Now I know that's fixable!

 

Front page, you're on your own.

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Header sais "Google adds CardDAV support for iOS calendars"
Shouldn't be calendars in header replaced by contacts?
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Here are the instructions from Google:

http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2753077

Says it works for iOS5 and above and requires SSL. I've followed the instructions and get a message 'Cannot Connect Using SSL'. I'm running iOS 6 on a 3Gs iPhone.

 

Edit: Just tried again and it worked!


Edited by pembroke - 9/28/12 at 4:09am
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Here are the instructions from Google:

http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2753077


Says it works for iOS5 and above and requires SSL. I've followed the instructions and get a message 'Cannot Connect Using SSL'. I'm running iOS 6 on a 3Gs iPhone.

Edit: Just tried again and it worked!

I've got the same iPhone and iOS 6 and I keep getting the SSL error too. What did you do to fix it? What does your iPhone list under "Advanced Settings" for port number?
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Will Google contacts sync my Groups? I've successfully added contacts to Address Book on Lion via the CardDAV instructions, but I don't see any groups... only "All Google Contacts".
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I was psyched to do this because Exchange limits the number of phone numbers and emails you can associate with a specific contact. The real bummer is that this doesn't push on the iPhone. It defaults to Fetch, so it's not instant. It follows whatever you have set for "Fetch New Data" in the Contact Settings. In my case, this is 15 minutes. So don't expect that updates will happen immediately.

 

It does seem to be instant on the Mac, though. 

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Did you ever get that working? I'm getting the same error.

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