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Matthias Gloessl
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hi,

i want to publish data from my application to mobile devices as calendar-events and back.
therefore i want to write an application (webservice, servlet,???), which i then can add as a new account in my e.g. android device' calendar.

shortly: my application should simulate an exchange-/activesync-server, since on "all" mobile devices i can add exchange accounts.

is/are there any documentation, libraries,... to this topic?


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matthias
 
Ulf Dittmer
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My pseudo-informed guess is that it would be hard to emulate Exchange. Publishing an iCalendar feed (to which all calendar clients I'm familiar with can subscribe) would be much simpler, IMO.
 
Matthias Gloessl
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:My pseudo-informed guess is that it would be hard to emulate Exchange. Publishing an iCalendar feed (to which all calendar clients I'm familiar with can subscribe) would be much simpler, IMO.


The default android (icecreamsandwich) calendar unfortunately only supports google and exchange accounts.
 
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If using a Google account is an option, then iCalendar is still an option - the Gmail calendar can subscribe to ICS feeds.
 
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I'm not totally clear on what services/functions are to be used or avoided, but one possibility if you don't want to hook into the Google Calendar would be to create a small Android action that sends a request to your servlet (or posts an event) and gets back a response that it then posts to the calendar app. Making the reponse be ICS format is not a bad idea, since you might find other applications for it.

I think the latest production release of Android is Jelly Bean, and apparently they don't have a direct link from email attachments to the Google calendar app, but there are various plugins available from the Store.

I was rather surprised at this lack. I was recently given a Samsung tablet and apparently Samsung must have taken the effort to integrate things seamlessly because I didn't have to do that.
 
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