Gmail Contact’s Custom Fields and Android
Gmail Custom Fields in Contact Lookup and Contact View
The neat thing about Android is that it automagically synchronises contacts with your Gmail account. This synchronisation is almost instantaneous, either when edited on the device or via your Gmail account.
The Gmail contact manager is slightly more functional than Android, in that it allows you to enter custom fields for your contacts. With the fields, you can define your own labels and populate the field with data relevant to the contact. For instance, if you have some contacts that include a group of Olympic medal winners, you could create a field called Olympic Medal and populate it with either Gold, Silver or Bronze.
The custom fields are synchronised to the Android device, but the default contact managers do not show these fields. So if you do most of your contact management on the phone, adding custom fields is pointless; until now.
Whilst you cannot edit the data, we’re confident that people will find this feature useful. Using the Olympic Medal example, imagine being able to search for the Olympic Medal winners and then emailing them all as a group, you could even narrow the search down to just the silver or bronze winners and encourage them to try harder next time!
Using Gmail Custom Fields
The screen shots below show how you can add Gmail Custom Fields to your contacts, and are followed by screen shots of Contact Lookup and Contact View.
Update Contact Editor Pro can edit Custom Fields
Contact Editor Pro has been released with support for editing Custom Fields on your Android device, cool! Whilst we didn’t write this editor, it’s a great companion for Contact View.