Google backs out of Gmail BlackBerry app

Summary:Starting on 22 November, Google will no longer provide end user support for the installed and native Gmail App for BlackBerry. Furthermore, the app will no longer be available to download after that date.

Starting on 22 November, Google will no longer provide end user support for the installed and native Gmail App for BlackBerry. Furthermore, the app will no longer be available to download after that date.

BlackBerry users would be able to continue to access Gmail via the mobile page app in their BlackBerry web browsers.

That doesn't mean the program will disappear and cease to exist from devices where it is already installed, but if you are a BlackBerry owner and have any issues with this product, you better get your questions in now.

The silver lining is that Google promises to build a "great Gmail experience" on the mobile browser, so that is where the focus — at least where it concerns BlackBerry users — will go from here on out.

Google's impending BlackBerry retreat comes a week after the web giant released a dedicated Gmail app for Apple's iOS platform, only to pull it from the App Store hours later due to serious bugs in the software.

Luke Hopewell contributed to this article.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: BlackBerry, Google, Mobility

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