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Microsoft Microsoft has just responded to Google's move regarding Exchange ActiveSync. Sadly, instead of addressing the very real problems consumers are about to face, Microsoft starts talking about switching to
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"3) IMAP does do PUSH (IMAP IDLE), and it is not as inefficient as everyone goes on about. This is an old white paper but a good read:

Then why doesn't Google support it on Android?

Now this is a VERY good question I wish I knew the answer to. Actually the only default mobile mail client I know from the past that supported IMAP IDLE is Blackberry. Personally I think all of default mobile mail clients should support IMAP IDLE (Are you listening Microsoft, Google, and Apple).

The good thing about Android and other OS'es is that the 3rd party apps pick up the slack. In the case of Android I use "K-9 Mail" ( I actually find "K-9 Mail" much better then the default Google mail client because it supports many more features including IMAP IDLE.

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Nelson Member since:

Its a of "do as I say, not as I do"

"Hey we think everyone should use open protocols**"

** Except us on Android, because we recognize the inherent limitations of IMAP, so we engineer around it using proprietary protocols.

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tylerdurden Member since:

What proprietary protocol is google using in this case?

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zlynx Member since:

Using IDLE in K9 is an absolute battery life killer. Don't do it. It wakes up the system every time an email comes in. If you have any sort of email volume the phone never gets to sleep.

I find it is far more efficient to just use polling once each hour. It is email not instant messaging. If they wanted instant responses they'd have used some other message system. Like, say, a phone call.

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