To Sync or Not to Sync

Now you know the basic ways in which you can communicate with your phone. The next part of the book covers more ways. Chapters 4-9 walk you through the various core applications that come preinstalled on the phone, and you'll see some of the third-party apps that can replace or enhance those core apps. But before we jump into that part of the book, we need to cover syncing up your data.

When you hear the term sync or data sync, you might think in terms of plugging your phone into your computer and allowing an application to automatically copy data from your device to your computer or from the computer to the device so that the two match. That's a common method of backing up and synchronizing data with many types of devices—just not with the G1.

Sync and data sync are terms that both refer to the same thing: transferring data from your device to your computer or from your computer to your device so there are mirror images of the data in both places. A data sync is a good way to create a backup copy of everything that's on your device; if something happens to your device, you can replace all the data with one simple action. A data sync is also useful for ensuring that you have access to all your contacts and data files on both the device and the computer.

The Android phone doesn't come with a sync application, and as this is written, no third-party data sync application is available. Now here's the confusing part: You can still sync your data to the computer or web applications. You just do this in a different way than you might think of with traditional sync methods.

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