Microsoft Exchange Synchronization for Google Android Phones
Announced 10/29/2008, Updated 03/01/09
Realtime, wireless synchronization
of email, calendar, and contacts.
The most popular messaging platform
will soon be available on the Google Android OS and T-Mobile
Public launch begins Q1 of 2009.
Our limited beta has been closed, but you can still sign up
for notification of the public launch.
Thank you to everyone who emailed in to show their support
of our project.
We are still here and still attempting
to complete Aardvark. Some interesting things are going on.
We will post any major developments.
For those of you that have followed Aardvark for Android,
you know that we announced our product in early November and
went on to update you on our progress via our website. What
you may not know is that due to the challenges brought on
by the economy, we were forced to abandon our large scale
beta test, and thus launch of our service, in early March.
We will be deciding the future
of Aardvark this week, and would be interested in your feedback.
In that spirit, we wanted to give you some details on what
Aardvark really is. If, after reading about the details of
our project, you would like to lend us your support, please
send us an email at email@example.com.
Thank you very much,
What is Aardvark for
Aardvark for Android is a mail
client and companion service that allows Microsoft Exchange
data to be synchronized with the Google Android OS. In it's
current state, Aardvark can synchronize Email, Contact and
Calendar data, and it contains the core features currently
found in iPhone, Windows Mobile and Blackberry devices. EMail
is viewed using the Aardvark email client, while the calendar
and contact pieces are integrated in to the calendar and contacts
systems built in to the Android OS. The contacts and calendar
entries are kept separate from your personal calendar and
contacts, but data from both systems is shown in an integrated
fashion (i.e. personal and work contacts in the same view).
The Aardvark Sync Service is
a special service that runs on the Internet. This service
uses powerful cloud-computing technology to manage the communication
of data from the Internet to Android devices. We began using
this service to sync email from Exchange, and hoped to expand
the service in two ways. The first was to bring powerful new
Exchange capabilities to Android, such as the ability to view
more than one Exchange account, spell check, co-worker calendar
and free/busy subscription. The second was to bring fleet-management
capabilities to the Android community. Our hope was that developers
would embrace the ability to easily write applications that
can speak with and manage data with an unlimited numbers of
phones in near real-time.
Well, it is official. We lost our source of funding yesterday.
Not the end of Aardvark, but it will cause all sorts of delays.
Lots of news about Exchange and Android this week at MWC (updates
here). Several new Exchange clients for Android have been
announced, some without key features.
Everyone is in town this week for more testing, development
and bug fixing with Exchange on our G1 phones. Features are
starting to be completed, which is good news.
Also, be aware that we will be
closing beta registration on the 28th of February, in preparation
for a more complete and large-scale beta test. Those that
register for the beta, even if you choose not to participate,
will receive exclusive details on Aardvark and be among the
first able to use the solution when we make it available to
Lots going on these last few weeks. We have been busy putting
together a new website and working through many of the more
complex email, contact and calendar features. Beta testing
should wrap up soon.
Deadlines have slipped...a little bit. We continue to beta
test with our small pool of test users. Now that the holidays
are over we expect development to speed up dramatically.
Watch your email - we will be
growing our beta pool to the 3rd group of selected testers,
based on signup date, starting on Monday January 19, 2009.
This week we spent a lot of time with Microsoft Exchange 2003
and 2007 in all kinds of configurations (you would be amazed
at how complex this is). Next week will be a bunch of the
Thank you for all of the email
suggestions, particulary to Brian S. regarding the security
certificate issue and Robert B. regarding the weekend sync
We are getting closer and closer
to increasing the number of beta participants on a more regular
basis. There are 4 remaining testing milestones that we must
complete before we can do this. Once those milestones are
complete we can invite a few hundred of you to try out the
Development continues to progress and we are adding some neat
features to the Android client software.
We wanted to thank everyone that
responded to our most recent survey. There were so many responses
that the survey filled up before everyone could put in their
Our next survey will be on dream
features that you would like to see developed. In the meantime,
if you have ideas for features, please send them to us at
We will begin a dialog and post the most exciting features
that we are going to add in to Aardvark.
We have been hard at work on our mail client and we are
rapidly approaching the announcement of our beta date.
For your enjoyment this week
we have posted a few screenshots
of our application in action.
Week Status Update
We want to thank everyone for their interest in our upcoming
beta. There are a lot of questions and unfortunately we
have to be tight-lipped about details.
We can tell you that this week
we have been working with some pre-beta users that are evaluating
and providing feedback on the client software that is running
on the G1.