Google to push Gmail to BlackBerrys

A new feature in Google Apps will deliver Google messages to the BlackBerry's e-mail client

Google's Gmail now available on the Blackberry

Google's Gmail now available on the Blackberry

Google has unveiled a new service that will push Gmail and calendar items to the native client software on BlackBerry devices, stepping up the search giant's efforts in the enterprise market.

The service will be included with the Premier and Education editions of Google Apps. End-users will find their Google messages pushed to the e-mail client on their BlackBerry, and messages sent from their phones will appear to have come from their organization's Google mail account.

They'll be able to access their organization's Google address list from their phone, and to synchronize contacts and calendar items. The service is in beta and will be commercially available in July.

The service requires organizations to add a piece of software to their BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), and that software is available today only for the Microsoft Exchange version of BES.

The software connects back to Google's mail servers, rather than the company's Exchange server, to synchronize mail, contacts and calendar items.

The service steps up Google's rivalry with Microsoft in the enterprise, but it does have some weaknesses. Initially, calendar items can be synchronized only from the server to the user's phone.

So if a user makes a new calendar entry on their BlackBerry, it won't be synched back to their online calendar. An upgrade that supports two-way synch should come by the end of the year, said Raju Gulabani, product management director for Google Apps.

In addition, the service will initially support only 250 users per BES. A BES can typically handle at least 500 users, sometimes many more. If an enterprise wants to support more than 250 Google Apps users it will have to use an additional BES.

Some functions of the beta version available today don't work smoothly with the BlackBerry. For example, calendar item reminders that appear in a user's inbox are formatted awkwardly, with what appear to be images that don't load properly.

In some areas, Google has had to work around the BlackBerry's limitations. For instance, the BlackBerry mail client only lets users search e-mails that arrived within the past month. To look for older messages, a user has to log into a separate Google Mobile App client on the phone.

Google thinks the new service will encourage more businesses to use Google Apps. Organizations use Google Apps because it can be cheaper and easier to maintain than an on-premise system such as Exchange or Lotus Notes, Gulabani said.

Some end-users want the familiar experience of receiving e-mail on their BlackBerry, however, hence Google is offering the new push service.

Google plans to update the service over time, by improving the end-user experience and increasing the number of users that can be supported on a BES server, Gulabani said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Blackberrymobile e-mailGmailpush e-mailGoogle

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?