No need to let Facebook and Twitter have all the iOS-integration fun: today, Google announced  a new, easier way for Gmail users to sync their Google Contacts to their iOS devices. The company is introducing support for anÂ open protocol  Â calledÂ CardDAV  , which will allow third party clients, including, most notably, the native iOS Contacts app, the ability to sync with Google Contacts.
There are already a number of ways to get your Google Contacts onto your iPhone. For example, the Apple app stores on iOS and Mac contain several third-party clients which offer the ability to sync Google contacts to your device. Iâve been enjoying the Mac app Cobook . Plus, you can configure iTunes to specifically sync your Google Contacts, if youâre eschewing iCloud, or you can set up Google Sync  . But the new CardDAV support means you can quickly set up contact sync directly on your phone in just a few steps, if you have yet to import your Google contacts through another means.
- Open theÂ SettingsÂ application on your device.
- SelectÂ Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
- SelectÂ Add Accountâ¦
- SelectÂ Other
- SelectÂ Add CardDAV Account
- Fill out your account information in the following fields:
- -Server: Enter âgoogle.comâ
- -User Name: Enter your full Google Account or Google Apps email address.
- -Password: Your Google Account or Google Apps password. (If youâve enabledÂ 2 Step verification  , youâll need to generate and enter an application specific password.)
- -Description: Enter a description of the account (e.g. Personal Contacts).
- SelectÂ Next at the top of your screen.
- Make sure that the âContactsâ option is turned toÂ ON.
When youâve finished the setup, the sync will automatically begin.
Gmail, also known as Google Mail, is a free email service provided by Google which has innovative features such as âconversation viewâ email threads, search-oriented interface, and plenty of free storage (almost 7.7GB). Gmail opened in private beta mode in April 2004 by invitation only. At first, invites were hard to come by and were spotted up for sale on auction sites like eBay. The email service is now open to everyone and is part of Google Apps. ...
- ^ announced (gmailblog.blogspot.com)
- ^ open protocol (tools.ietf.org)
- ^ CardDAV (support.google.com)
- ^ Google Sync (support.google.com)
- ^ here (support.google.com)
- ^ 2 Step verification (support.google.com)
- ^ IMAP (support.google.com)
- ^ CalDAV (support.google.com)
- ^ â' Learn more (www.crunchbase.com)