iPad and Gmail Contact Groups: Best I can do until Google fixes contact group management

Currently, I cannot get Gmail and the iPad to talk properly to each other about contact groups.
I have iPad contacts synching with Gmail contacts via the exchange settings

So here is the best workaround that I have:

Creating groups
  • Select contacts that you want included in the group.
  • Click on the groups drop down (which only became visible when you started selecting contacts)
  • Click on "Create new" underneath the text entry box.
Sending to groups

I have tried a few free apps, that say that they can access Google groups such as "Goupemail" and "GContactLite", but they all access the iPad contact list which does NOT sync groups at the moment.

Use the normal mail app for all single emails, but when wanting to send to a group:

I know that this solution is pretty lame. 

What we need is:
  • Google exchange connection should be improved to sync contact groups and other labels as well as raw contacts OR
  • Google mail app improved so that it recognises email groups, as it doesn't at the moment...

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This post contains some responses to questions that I have been asked by various people over the last few years. In most cases, I have also posted the information on relevant online community forums such as moodle.org. I hope that you find this useful. Stephen Digby