News by Andrew Kameka on Friday December 14, 2012.
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Google has announced the latest products and features set to be discontinued under its semi-annual "cleaning" initiative, and the latest casualties include some legacy features for Calendar, Contacts, and loyalty rewards.
VP of Engineering Venkat Panchapakesan confirmed that Google is eliminating Google Sync, which is used to synchronize Gmail, Google Calendar, and Contacts with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Users can continue to keep their Google and Microsoft data in sync by switching to CardDAV, CalDAV, and IMAP connections. Existing Google Sync connections will continue to function, but Google will not create new connections using the old Sync app after January 30, 2013.
Other outgoing Sync services include Calendar Sync, which has already been discontinued and cannot establish new connections with Microsoft Outlook Calendar, though existing connections will continue to operate. Google Sync for Nokia S60 and SyncML will also shutdown on January 30, 2013. Both legacy synchronization services will cease working next month, so Google recommends downloading contact data now.
The shutdowns do not apply to Google Apps customers because paying Google Apps customers will have continued access to existing and new Sync connections. The only people affected by these changes are consumers who use the standard versions of Google's mail, calendar, and contacts applications.
Finally, Google has announced that it will shutdown Punchd, the digital punch card app used to track loyalty rewards for repeat customers. The Android and Apple iOS apps can continue to use Punchd to earn and redeem rewards from participating restaurants, but both apps will cease working on June 7, 2013. Restaurants will no longer honor rewards earned through Punchd after June 7.source: Google
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.