Thursday, November 10, 2011

BlackBerry Lost GMAIL APP

Google Inc. will stop offering its popular Gmail application for BlackBerrys later this month, delivering another blow to the device's maker Research in Motion Ltd., which is trying to prevent defections to handsets that operate on software provided by Apple Inc. and Google.

Starting on Nov. 22, Google will no longer offer or support a Gmail app for Blackberry users, though BlackBerry users who already have the Gmail application installed on their phones can continue to use the service.

Google will instead focus on "building a great Gmail experience in the mobile browser," the company said in a statement on its website Tuesday.In a statement, RIM played down this development.

"Since 2009, RIM has incorporated native support for Gmail in BlackBerry operating system 5.0 and above, which means that a separate Gmail app is not required, the large majority of users who access Gmail on their BlackBerry smart phone already rely on the native support provided through BlackBerry Internet Service rather than the separate Gmail app." The statement said.

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