What is the data push option?

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  1. wmscottmc
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    I see a data push, and a data fetch option. My data push is disabled, data fetch set to 30 min.

    What does "data push" do?

    Thanks
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    Data push would allow you to instantly receive your mail. The sync pings for your mail at the interval that you set.

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    data push is like a constant refresh of the data for whatever app youre using it for (email?)

    fetch only checks on the interval set - uses less data (and less battery) by not constantly checking it but will only deliver emails on the interval

    got an important email you need to get - set to push

    otherwise, save the battery by using fetch
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    Uhg! This statement is incredibly incorrect. The exact opposite is actually true.


    Your Droid X uses the C2DM framework from google for pushmail. As do all 2.1 Android OS devices. It's a gazillion times more battery efficient then fetching email.

    Here goes one of the more complicated explanations out there.

    Start with blocking out all thought of data transmissions and just think about your plain old cell phone. It registers itself onto different towers as you drive about the city. As your signal strength dips it queries the tower for information on adjacent towers and one tower hands off your phone to the next. The towers knows who you are, it knows close to where you are. At any one moment you're signal is being processed by 3 different towers.

    Now, lets say you set your phone to battery saver mode and after 15 mins the 3g radio is shut off. Does this mean you won't get push email? Nope, you'll still get push mail because push doesn't depend on the 3g radio. Instead an "intent broadcast" transmission is sent via the cell network and tells your phone to wake up the application and even load the application if it's not loaded. It will then accept the incoming message through 3g.

    A Fetch, on the other hand, completely resyncs the mailboxes and this takes significant time and a decent amount of data being sent over the 3g radio. If there was no new emails that entire sync was completely pointless.
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    where do you see those settings!
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    Would you then say to have your 'fetch' schedule set for 'manually'...? I was on 'fetch', every hour, didn't know that 'data push' was more battery friendly. I do have phone set to battery saver mode.
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    Yes, absolutely have your phone set to manual fetching and use only push enabled email accounts. If your email provider doesn't support push then I'd switch to one that does.

    I'll gamble that you notice extended battery life immediately.
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    Welll I have Gmail, of course, but my ISP, I am not sure if they support push. I deleted my previous emails, and I have fetch to manual, so I guess I will find out if they do or not.
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    I should also mention that this is regarding the email client and gmail client that comes pre-installed on the phone. If you download some other email client there's no telling if it uses C2DM or the open polling method of push mail.
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    yea i poted that one too quick i switched the two. oops :(
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    Stryguy, thanks for the info :)
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    So fetch should be set to manually and data push should be enabled? I had unchecked data push.

    Sent from my DROIDX
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