Google updates Apps BlackBerry service

The Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry can now support 500 people per server

Google is targeting its Apps BlackBerry service at businesses of all sizes with an update that it announced on Tuesday.

Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server pushes Gmail and calendar items to the native client on BlackBerry phones. Companies that use it must add a piece of software to their BESes. That software connects back to Google’s mail servers, rather than an Exchange server, to synchronize mail, contacts and calendar items. It is compatible only with the Exchange version of BES.

With the new Connector for BES version 1.5, a business can support 500 BlackBerry devices per server. Previously, the service could support only half that number, even though a BES can typically handle at least 500 users, sometimes many more.

Google is also going after smaller businesses than it did previously. The updated Connector now works with BlackBerry Professional Software, which supports up to 30 BlackBerry phones.

The Connector also now works in situations where a company has a single BES that serves users in multiple Google Apps domains. That feature could help hosting companies offer the service to end-users at a lower cost, Google said in a blog post.

The updated Connector does not appear to address one particular shortcoming that the service has had since it launched. If a user makes a new calendar entry on the BlackBerry, the entry isn't synched back to their online calendar. Only the reverse synchs. At the time the Connector service launched, Google said it expected to support two-way synch by the end of this year. The company is still working on it, a spokesman said.

Join the newsletter!

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

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

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.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?