The Windows Phone community was up in arms late last year when Google announced that they were cutting off support for Google Sync, the technology that allows non-Android phones to sync Google accounts with built-in software. This meant that in its current state, Windows Phone devices would not be able to sync with Google Contacts and Calendar. That problem never surfaced as Google decided to delay the process and allow Microsoft time to develop official support for the CalDAV and CardDAV API protocols. And here we are 8 months later, with no issues at all. Google contacts/calendar can still sync with Windows Phone (as seen on my Nokia Lumia 1020 above) and the internet once again created an overblown situation.
The screenshots below show Windows Phone CalDAV/CardDAV support as well as Gmail labels (called Folders in WP).
Above you can see where CalDAV, CardDAV, and Gmail iMAP are automatically set up. To get this setup all I had to do was enter my username and password.
The screenshot on the left is my Lumia 1020 calendar settings. Those two calendars (Personal and Mikey’s Events) were automatically added. These are connected to my Google account and I can optionally turn them on or off and change the colors. On the right side you see my contact view filter options. Google is present, along with Facebook, Twitter, and Live Mail.
And lastly we have Windows Phone Gmail settings. The left screenshot shows all my Gmail labels (aka Folders in Windows Phone). You can view emails from each label or move emails from the Inbox to a label. Unfortunately you cannot apply a label without moving it there and eliminating it from the inbox. The screenshot to the right shows email sync settings. Notice that there is no “Always On” setting? That’s because Google is only allowing the iMAP protocol for Gmail. If you set it to 15 minutes or 30 minutes, most often the email comes through immediately. It’s an open connection and you rarely have to wait 15 or 30 minutes for the sync to happen. If you set it to hourly you’ll get slightly better battery life and the connection will not be always open. This setting always controls how often contacts and calendar are synced
See. Google sync, including contacts and calendar, work great on Windows Phone. The latest WP GDR2 update that was released this week adds the necessary CalDAV and CardDAV support to all WP8 devices.