It's been just under 6 weeks since Google released the API for Google Calendar. Sadly, we still don't have free, two-way direct syncing between GCal and Palm Calendar. But there have been developments, and hopefully we'll see some progress soon.. Here are some updates on various GCal syncing efforts:
GCalSync is a newly released freeware program that claims to sync between your phone calendar and GCal. According to the website, it works with various Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry, and other phones that has the JSR 75: PDA optional packages for the J2ME Platform installed. No Palm support though (and apparently it's not really working all that well for anyone anyway, if the comments on Lifehacker are any indication).
Earlier today Sammy posted a press release for CompanionLink for Google Calendar, which provides syncing with "Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, Palm, and BlackBerry devices in addition to Outlook, Lotus Notes, Palm Desktop, and Groupwise applications." Also, the company appears to have been around for a long time and has won awards for its software, so it should be reliable vendor. Unfortunately, the program costs $29.95, but it offers a 14-day free trial to get your feet wet and free upgrades and technical support for those who pay. This may just be the ticket for those who really want/need syncing with Google Calendar and don't want to wait.
Newly renamed Syncplicity* (formerly PgSync, short for Palm Google Sync), is an open-source project that aims to provide direct syncing between your Palm and Google calendars. However, work has been slow due to various technological difficulties and lead developer Shawn's personal circumstances. According to the website, Shawn hopes to release an alpha that provides 1-way syncing for testing purposes by this weekend. Let's support Shawn on his efforts, since he's donating his time for this effort and is going to be offering it for free.
Lastly, there is already a method that provides Palm <-> Google syncing via an open-source conduit for Outlook. The conduit is called Remote Calendar, and directions for syncing with GCal are provided here. While it's not direct, it's free and two-way, and may be a great temporary solution for those of us who already sync with Outlook.
Thoughts or response? Speak your mind in this forum thread.
* Yes, I'm the same Wayne mentioned on the Syncplicity site for suggesting the new name =)