Going Google On Windows Phone 7

If you're giving Windows Phone 7 a shot but wondering how you can integrate a Windows phone with all your Google apps — well let me just tell you, it's not easy. Sure it's possible to do using only Google's webapps, but most of us are still looking for native application solutions. Here's how I've managed to access my must-have Google apps with nice native apps on my Windows Phone 7.

Note: One of the major disappointments with all of these solutions is the lack of push notifications, so you will have to access each of these applications regularly to stay up to date.

Access Gmail using native Google Mail support Gmail has been built Windows Phone 7 has been built in to the account settings in Windows Phone and uses push notifications, so no searching necessary here.

Access Google Docs using GDocs Google Documents is a fairly advanced web app and as of yet there is not an application for Windows Phone 7 that allows you to edit the documents in your Google Docs account. Howeve, GDocs which is available in the Marketplace for free (seemingly for a limited time only) is a great application for reading/viewing and storing documents locally for future viewing offline.

Access Google Calendar using SuperG Calendar With the Windows Phone's calendar sync with Google Calendar being limited to only your main calendar a good Google Calendar app was a must. Although a bit slow to load and refresh, SuperG Calendar was one of the best purchases I made in the market. SuperG allows you to view all calendar's in your account, even your shared calendars. Again, it lacks push notifications but at $US1.99 this is a great purchase for those of you with multiple busy calendars.

Access Google Reader using Wonder Reader And last but not least, Google Reader. After a few tries with a few other RSS feed readers, Wonder Reader stood out by far as the fastest and most capable of the bunch. Priced just right at $US1.99, it is worth every penny. It imports everything from your Google Reader account seamlessly. All of your folders are just as they are and it updates very quickly, even if you have a lot of feeds. It has even been updated to work with Google's new 2-step verification.

Windows Phone 7 is still a relatively young platform; we rounded up our favourite apps early on, but if you're a WP7 user and have a favourite or two of your own, let's hear about it in the comments.


Comments

    coming from an android (still have it as a work phone), there's a lot of things i miss when using my mozart. one of which is 'Listen' for podcasts, the scheduled checking, downloading of podcasts is awesome.

    i found and bought feed reader 2.0 because it was able to handle podcasts as well as my google reader feed. i have to manually refresh episodes and manually download the podcasts, but it's better than nothing at the moment.

    if anyone knows of something better, please..... SHARE!!! =0)

      I've used Podcasts! by Melting Bot Software to stream podcasts live on WP7. It works well and is free. I hope this helps!

    Any application for Google Talk?

    The native mail app doesn't really give me the same functionality as a Google Mail app - how do I archive?

    Wonder Reader is good - but it has some issues truncating text and redisplay entire paragraphs on my Samsung Omnia7.

    @Sahir: you can archive emails by moving them to your "All Mail" folder.

    "Gmail has been built Windows Phone 7 has been built in to the account settings in Windows Phone"

    ... Someone please adequately edit this article.

    Shocked to see the GoVoice app not listed here.

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