Android Overload: Google to close down ActiveSync, Save to Google Drive extension, great deals and more


Welcome to your Android Overload: weekend edition. Saturday night festivities are about to begin as everyone’s vacations start. Before you head out and start enjoying yourself, go ahead and check out these stories. They didn’t make it to our home page, but they are still worth a good look!

  • Save to Google Drive Chrome extension [Chrome Spot]
  • Google’s Winter Cleaning: Google Sync and more going away [Google Official Blog]
  • Allow more non-Verizon apps to be used with Multi-Window [XDA Developers]
  • Remove non-Verizon SIM message and get APN data on VZW Galaxy Note II [XDA Developers]
  • S-Pen optimized image editor open beta [XDA Developers]
  • Samsung on child labor allegations [Samsung]
  • Best Buy to offer Samsung Galaxy S3 for $49.99 on December 16 [Android Authority]
  • 32 GB Nexus 7 going for $217 on eBay [eBay]
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  1. Darn I missed it.

  2. Yeahhhh, the Nexus 7 deal? Been sold out for hours…

  3. Cool, thx didn’t know the Verizon Note 2 was a world phone. I’ll have to check it out.

  4. STUPID Google, really STUPID! They are pulling an Apple, this is nothing more than a ploy to try and stifle the growth of Microsoft in the mobile market place, and I hope it backfires on them, what happened to the old, do no evil Google?

    1. Or they just prefer using open protocols rather than a Microsoft licensed one? How is that evil?
      It’s up to Microsoft to make its products compatible with open standards.

      1. I agree…MS is left without the extra cash coming from Google. There are better options now that will work. Time to deal.

    2. Google uses Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync within Google Sync via a license and must pay Microsoft to use it. Google now offers similar access via IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV, making it possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols. Google is already providing a way to make it all work. It’s Microsoft who has gotten greedy and is the real “evil” here.

      1. Which means… Google just raised the white flag for capturing the Enterprise markets… Large Corps won’t be using something not named Exchange for a very long time for email, calendar and directories…. Stupid move.

        1. Except this move doesn’t apply to businesses.
          They only dropped the license for individuals.

  5. wait a minute.. my contacts won’t sync anymore? I’m lost -_-

  6. MTP is also Microsoft right ?
    Is Google also planning to get rid opf MTP and get back to STANDARD mass storage ?

    1. Basic MTP is royalty-free and was proposed for standardization.

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