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Old January 6th, 2012, 08:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Xyro View Post
Yes and no. With conventional push, the server just sends the email to your phone, right? With the built in gmail app, it seems to be the case that the server tells the phone to run a sync when an email arrives.

So strictly speaking it's not true push. But in practice, you're still only connecting to the server when an email arrives and it's instantaneous, so it's got all the same benefits as push.

However, if you wanted to turn off auto-sync for another reason, you can use any other IMAP capable app with gmail and it will work with auto-sync off. You may have to enable IMAP on the gmail website however, it's been a while since I tried so I'm not sure.
Thanks a lot for the clear explanation, now I finally understand the terms of battery consumption is better the Gmail app or maybe another IMAP client?
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