Google has further bolstered up its enterprise offerings by adding push email services from Gmail accounts for small screen platforms, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Windows Mobile-powered handsets.
The service will be available via Google Sync, which was debuted back in February and allows users to push contacts and calendars to smartphones. Google Apps customers can access Google Sync for free.
The newly added push email feature can be enabled through the Google Apps Control panel. However, it would be enabled automatically for the customers using Google Sync for pushing contacts and calendars.
Users would now be allowed to sync emails, calendars, contacts, or any combination of these services to their smartphones.
Douglas Grisham, a software engineer from Google Mobile team, said: “Having an over-the-air, always-on connection means that your inbox is up to date, no matter where you are or what you're doing.”
Incidentally, Google has already been offering a connector service that amalgamates with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to push Google Apps calendars, emails, as well as contacts to BlackBerry devices.
The addition of push email services to Google Sync capabilities would indeed help the search engine giant in its attempt to woo the enterprise segment to opt for Google Apps suite.
Interestingly, Apple has mentioned that iPhone Apps are not fit enough for business usage, which is kind of surprising. Google's announcement of this push email service is great news for those looking to get the best of Google wherever they are whatever platform they use.