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Sync.ME, a third-party contacts app for iOS with over 8 million downloads, just rolled out an interesting feature that brings new functionality to Apple’s own Contacts app on iOS. As pictured above, the latest version of the Sync.ME app now adds a “Widgets” link within Apple’s Contacts app that provides quick access to social network profiles for contacts and a number of other handy functions for quickly sharing content.

They are called ‘Widgets’, but in reality they are essentially quick links to profiles on social networks and other functions of the Sync.ME app. The interesting aspect is the fact that you’ll no longer have to launch the Sync.ME app and can now access all of the “Widgets” functionality from directly within the native iOS Contacts app.

On top of links to the contact’s Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn profiles, you’ll also find the ability to place and record calls over VoIP, quickly capture a business card using your camera, jot down a note, or add a reminder to your calendar for a specific contact. Other widgets will allow you to quickly share your location or a photo over iMessage or SMS, as well as post customized greeting cards directly to a contact’s timeline.

To accomplish this, the app appears to use the AddressBook API’s in a novel way that allows the app to automatically add a URL into a custom field for contact cards. That URL opens the “Widgets” section for any particular contact within Sync.ME, but the entire experience feels rather seamless. Here’s how to set it up:

To setup the widgets in the Contacts app, you’ll have to install the Sync.ME app on your device and run through a quick setup process that pulls in pictures and updated contact info for contacts from Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. For contacts that don’t have any associated profiles on those social networks, the widgets link will still provide access to the other features mentioned above, like call recording.

The app is entirely free, but the company does have a program for developers that will advertise premium apps on the widgets screen from time to time.

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7 Responses to “Sync.ME adds ‘Widgets’ to Apple’s iOS Contacts app”

  1. Ok, now how do I delete the “Widgets” section it placed in Contacts.app? I’ve deleted the app, restarted, and the crap is still there.

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  2. jlword says:

    Hi: Sounds like the App developer is trying to replicate the social integration capabilities that are part of the Peoples Hub built into Windows Phone OS. It’s not as seamless and efficient as Microsoft’s implementation though. Seems they are even implementing a “Me” card. Sounds shamelessly similar the Windows Phone “Me” Tile where you can post to your wall, see notifications, check in and set chat status.In the Peoples Hub
    Windows Phone automatically updates contacts image, demographic info, you can view friends latest posts, read comments, share comments to posts, view Facebook pictures of contact, comment on pictures, view tags on photos, tag photos, write on a friends facebook wall, chat via Facebook and more right from the Peoples Hub (Windows Phone Contacts) without launching separate apps.

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  3. Yoli Salazar says:

    The feature, full screen caller ID, never worked for me. Does it work for everyone else?

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