LG to bring over-the-air phone sync to all
DropBox-style service coming to feature phones
MWC LG has claimed it is the first phone maker to bring over-the-air synchronisation out of the smartphone handset category and into the mid-range market.
It showed off the technology, dubbed LG Air Sync, using the skinny LG Mini phone it launched last week as the world's "smallest and thinnest" touchphone.
LG's Air Sync: duplicate data on phone and PC
Air Sync continually ensures the Mini's complement of data - photos, video clips, calendars, contacts and browser history - is duplicated not only on LG's servers but also on the user's own computer.
Think of it as a kind of DropBox for feature phones.
The notion is that should your phone be lost or stolen, you'll be able to get your data back onto your new one quickly.
It also means, of course, you have an incentive to keep buying LG handsets.
LG's Mini: three-way syncing included
LG didn't say if the Air Sync service will be free of charge, or impose a maximum per-sync data transfer capacity.
The first phone to support Air Sync, the Mini - aka the GD800 - is based around a 3.2in touchscreen and provides 7.2Mb/s HSDPA 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. It has a 5Mp camera, an FM radio and assisted GPS. It goes on sale here in March. ®
True, true, but ...
I love syncing but the problem I perennially run in to is associated with other people.
From way back when with a lovely Adobe Labs app that allowed and catered for multiple user input to even Dropbox. The problem: other people don't want to have another username and password with a special folder wherever it is located because they have had some virus or so in the past and don't want to touch anything that is complicated or not easy to understand.
and on windows mobile (6 or higher) you can do the same as this and MobileMe but unlike apple MS arn't charging for it.
Oh and Windows Phone 7 has this too.
Of course, you can achieve the same thing (more or less) with MobileMe, but for some unfathomable reason Apple insists on charging for it.
This is a good development. As a Dropbox user I can't wax more enthusiastically about it. I have Dropbox on my iPhone, and that's great 'n all, but to be able to sync all your info to as many machines as you'd like is just brilliant.