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March 9, 2011

solutions: CalDav applications for android phones and devices

Filed under: DARPA,Geeky goodness,Software_ — Sagacious Himself @ 11:13 am
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update 2, 2014 Apr:  The default android mail client and contacts app cannot be bothered to export ALL fields for a contact entry.  To overcome this perverse limitation license- and install Marten Gajda‘s DMFS.org Contact Editor Pro.  While at DMFS also license DMFS CalDav Sync, and DMFS CardDav Sync.  Contact Editor is mentioned in the original entry but everyone needs this awesome app if they have contacts.  Of greatest import Contact Editor Pro offers

  • copy/move contact between accounts
  • basic group membership management
    • spent hours organizing contacts into groups only to find on restore/import that you wasted your time?  Thanks google

 

update:  escape google entirely without third party apps by using a hotmail account. Google licenses ActiveSync from microsoft.  Not surprisingly ActiveSync on android functions flawlessly with a hotmail account.  (If you use the Enhanced Email app do NOT try to sync calendar/contacts with it).

  1. register a free hotmail account (windows live mail)
  2. add hotmail account to DEFAULT email client in android
    1. options: add account
    2. enter email address and password
    3. click “manual”
    4. click “exchange”
    5. set domain\username to \[email address] — prefix email address with backslash
    6. set server to:  m.hotmail.com   (even if address is @live.com)
      1. \bob@live.com
  3. modify account settings
    1. enable: sync contacts
    2. enable: sync calendar

You do NOT need to pair a google email (gmail) account to your android device.  Interweb search “tap four corners” or “bypass android activation” to find instructions for your device to skip the OPTIONAL [activation] step.  If you have already paired a gmail account create a nandroid backup, export data as needed, factory reset, and start with a not-evil setup.  Ideally install a ROM *without* “GAPPS”.  You will “lose” access to google’s malware market, oh noes!  Replace with clean OSS from F-droid.org and purchase apps from ethical developers. See also NOGAPPS Project

Under “Accounts & Sync” your email address should be listed, Default accounts check after address.  Prefixed by a white square intersected by transparent cross (exchange account symbol)

For BEST contact management results please purchase DMFS Contact Editor PRO: http://dmfs.org/editor/  You’ll be supporting an AWESOME developer.

Beware of youmail app versions after 2.3.9 as they will inflict a contact provider which will FLOOD your address book with junk.  Please therefore patch your framework with PDroid to be alerted on_install of impending inanity to stop it.  Hey, youmail, that “feature” ought be disabled by default, much like the “encourage users to [populate] caller id” interweb  “feature”.

A less-horrible contacts export utility: http://code.google.com/p/vcardio/

ActiveSync alternative: Z-push, or dpush

Finally: cancel sms.  upgrade to XMPP. See also: http://guardianproject.info/wiki/Always_Secure_Messaging

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descending preference (combined: stability, functionality, frequent builds, responsive developers)

Funambol
http://funambol.com/
http://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=com.funambol.androidsync : trustworthy F-droid builds

two way sync
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aCal, morphoss
http://wiki.acal.me/wiki/Main_Page
http://andrew.mcmillan.net.nz/projects/aCal
http://wiki.davical.org/w/ACal

two way sync
unwilling to support Yahoo CalDav
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CalDav sync, dmfs
http://dmfs.org/caldav/

two way sync
change android calendar color
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Hypermatix android calendar sync
*discontinued*

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aDal, Hypermatix
http://hypermatix.com/products/andal_caldav_calendar_for_android

supports Yahoo calendar
two way sync
alarms
.

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[WebDav for ICS] ICSSync
http://icssync.com/

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free CalDav service providers

Funambol
Yahoo Calendar ** : alleged not fully CalDav compliant
dotCal *
n1
n2

not-free CalDav service providers

m1
m2

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false claims of free service:
(ads are antithetical to free)

dotCal plans
q2

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* DotCal future : possibly malservice [malware service analog]
** must upgrade to latest calendar version: http://switch.calendar.yahoo.com/m/landing.php

android CalDav comparison that inspired this list of CalDav android applications

http://Himself.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/adav-the-caldav-android-client-or-hypermatix-caldav-sync-for-android/

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instead/additionally hotmail live free ActiveSync — includes otherwise inaccessible hotmail live alarms

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