Wrike and Intermedia have sponsored the development of an application for Android smartphones that will copy down contacts from an Exchange server’s web services portal down to the phone. While not claiming to offer two-way sync (yet), the app could be helpful for new Android users that don’t already have their contacts in Gmail.
Update 10/22/08: The Contacts Sync app is now available direct from the Android Market, which makes it much easier to obtain. Make sure you read the update at the bottom of this post for some help on getting the app up and running.
For my part, I tried to get the application, Contacts Sync, to work and had no success (at first, see update below). It seems obvious that the app was not developed by experienced Android developers, because the settings option for the app brings up a list of seemingly random options to choose from, only one of which gets you to the settings screen for the app, while others cause the app to stop responding, necessitating a forced application close.
I managed to configure the app, but never got it to sync. (See update below) It always reported a synchronization error, but never gave any specifics. So the URL I gave it could be wrong (though it works for web access from my browser), or there could be another problem completely – I simply have no idea.
In any case, here’s hoping that with a little more work this will become a viable solution for would-be G1 users that are waiting for Exchange support. To install the app, point your G1′s browser to http://www.wrike.com/g1-exchange-sync.html and select the “Free Download” button.
Update: The folks at Wrike helped us out and determined the problem. It seems that our hosted Exchange service, 4Smartphone.net, does not have a needed auto-discovery function enabled on the server. Wrike provided us with the correct URL to use for 4Smartphone (https://owa016.msoutlookonline.net/ews/Exchange.asmx) and the application now works as expected. It takes a few minutes for the contacts to copy over – but everything is working smoothly now. Kudos to Andrew and the rest of the Wrike support team.
If you get it to work, let us know in the comments!
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I think, you need to have Exchange Web Services installed (not outlook web access), so that it works.
I will have to email the support guys, but I have been able to use that URL with similar systems before with other apps.
Feel free to contact me and describe the issue, we’d be happy to help you.
Would have to be modified for which ever server you are on. For instance..
Are all possibilities.
Hey I am having the same issue with my hosted exchange.
i am using Mailtrust (division of rackspace) Hosted Exchange solution
My OWA login address is https://mex07a.mailtrust.com/owa/
Whats the proper address to put into contactsSync
Because using that one is not working
Try this out and lemme know if it works:
Strange now im getting invalid credentials, even though I know my username and password.
I should be using my entire email address for the username correct?
That would be my guess. That URL I gave you is also only a guess, too.
Maybe you can try your provider’s support people. Tell them that you are looking for the proper Exchange Web Services URL. Also verify the user name and password to use.
Give them this as an example: https://owa016.msoutlookonline.net/ews/Exchange.asmx
I tried using it but my problem is we have a EV SSL cert from Thawte (the kind that turns the address bar green). The software never seems to connect. Via the Android Browser I get a warning message about the page having an issue due to the intermediate cert which I suspect is the problem. Anyone know how I can install the Thawte EV root cert onto my phone? If I could do that I suspect then ContactSync would work for me.
Contact sync is certainly very handy considering all the clamor under this post about Android Exchange support. Apparently, Android’s built-in support for MS Exchange is just not capable enough.
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