Google sends out new improvements for CardDAV

By Adam Zeis on 22 Oct 2013 12:20 pm EDT

Google dropped word today that they have made some improvements for CardDAV. Earlier this year Google dropped free Gmail accounts from using Exchange ActiveSync, so for many BlackBerry 10 users, CardDAV has been a great solution. The updates here aren't too crazy but they do keep things running smoothly for any and all devices using the CardDAV service.

Improvements include:

  • High resolution contact photos, which enables syncing of full-screen photos used by some mobile devices including iPhones (previously we supported 96x96 thumbnails).
  • Sync-Collections, which improves battery life for mobile users by reducing the amount of data exchanged.
  • POST support, which reduces mobile data usage when creating new contacts.
  • For Google Apps users, searching the domain’s Global Address List.

The good news is that if you're using CardDAV you don't need to do anything to take advantage of the updates. If you haven't yet tried out the service you can check out our full tutorial for CardDAV, CalDAV and IMAP here.

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Google sends out new improvements for CardDAV


Battery life improvements are always welcome for Z10 users.

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Maybe this will improve reliability of the sync. Activesync just works better than carddav or caldav

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One question this method can help me sync for a first time in a new Gmail account all my contacts? So I have backup my contacts in my new Gmail

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For those with duplicate contacts that want to take advantage of CardDav.

Depending on where you are you can take off on any step you already are. For best results follow the guide. If you don't want to pay for the ContactX app, do it manually. But the app will save you time. This whole process takes about some 15 min. Depending on how many contacts you have. Three words, it's worth it.

1. Stop Syncing all contact accounts. (Delete them)

2. Use Contact X auto merge contacts by number.

2. Manually fix all contacts ( repeated contacts with different names) and link Facebook accounts, etc.

3. Use Contact X to export .vcf file to your phone.

4. Email yourself the .vcf file to your Gmail account.

5. Delete all your Gmail contacts.

6. Open the email you sent yourself in the desktop mode web browser or desktop/laptop. And click the option to import contacts from vcf file instead of downloading the file.

7. Use Contact X and delete all your contacts from your phone.

8. Go to Settings > Accounts > Add new > Advance > CardDAV. Put your credentials and in server write

9. Set the Sync interval to 24 hours so it doesn't drain your battery

10. Your contacts will begin to appear for the next half hour. You might need to remake the correct links to Facebook profiles on some of them.

Enjoy no more duplicates ever. At this point you can delete Contact X, you won't need it anymore.

Google account doesn't sync contacts added from outlook or imported from BlackBerry OS7, is there any way to sync those contacts with google?

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I keep seeing these posts and wonder if I'm missing something. Doesn't the usual Gmail setup (e.g. Entry of your Gmail address and password) set this up?

What would I gain by setting them up separately?

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I'd like to know the same thing. What does this setup provide me with that the regular "enter your google email address" doesn't?

CalDav is the only wait to sync several Google Calendars (for example our main one and another one, both linked to the same Google Identity).

I'm not using it, but some people create several GMail accounts just for the contacts.
And they can integrate each contact accounts to their Z10.

It can act someway as a replacement for the missing categories in the BB10 contacts.