BIS 2.6 Changes Roundup

By Bla1ze on 16 Mar 2009 09:32 am EDT
BIS 2.6 Rollout Nearing!
There has been a lot of talk as of late regarding BIS 2.6 and all the new features (or lack there of) Kevin and Craig mentioned it in the most recent CrackBerry podcast and actually touched on some of the finer points of what exactly BIS 2.6 will bring to consumers. It's far from what I would consider a major upgrade as most of the stuff that will be implemented many people may not even notice. 

That's not to say it's not a good update, any update is better then NO update, just that it's not as impacting as what BIS 2.5 was as it opened up a lot of doors in regards to how BlackBerry email functions and looks to the end user, when combined with OS 4.5+ it was a refreshing thing to see. With AT&T and RIM getting ready to flip the switch on their BIS 2.6 release on March 21st (pending delays) we thought we'd give you all the jist of what's gonna be coming in the way of changes.

This is information provided by RIM as to what changes have been implemented with the upgrade, their are some nice changes in here such as better Gmail integration, but again nothing earth shattering, just some nice subtle changes.

Display of password characters

BlackBerry smartphone users have the option to display password characters when configuring email addresses with the BlackBerry Internet Service. This feature makes it easier for BlackBerry smartphone users to integrate third-party email addresses, especially when using a BlackBerry smartphone with the SureType® input method. For more information, see KB17411.

Improved descriptive support and error messages
BlackBerry smartphone users that have integrated a third-party email account using Post Office Protocol (POP) receive a personal indentification number (PIN) message that includes instructions on how to leave email messages on the messaging server for successful delivery to the BlackBerry smartphone. For more information, see KB17404.

Option to change signatures from the BlackBerry smartphone

BlackBerry smartphone users that use Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) automatic login can change the signatures for email messages using the BlackBerry smartphone. For more information, see KB17414 

Improved language support

Dutch is now an available language for the BlackBerry Internet Service 2.6. For a list of all supported languages, see KB12859.

Gmail integration using IMAP

BlackBerry Internet Service 2.6 uses Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) to integrate Gmail® webmail accounts. This integration protocol introduces the following benefits:
    • Elimination of sent email messages appearing as received email messages in the message list on the BlackBerry smartphone
    • One-way synchronization of read status, sent items, and deleted items
To use these improvements, BlackBerry smartphone users must remove and reintegrate their Gmail webmail accounts. For more information, see KB17407.

There ya have it folks, there are are some other things predicted for BIS 2.6 as Ronen over at BerryReview has pointed out. But at this time no information has come forward in regards to that post, so we're not gonna claim that as fact. With that said though, the above mentioned things are indeed a fact and we should start seeing them roll out anyday now.

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Reader comments

BIS 2.6 Changes Roundup


What's so great about "One-way synchronization, from the BlackBerry smartphone to the Gmail webmail account, of read and unread status, sent items, and deleted items"? Doesn't this mean that any changes made from the Gmail webmail account WILL NOT be synchronized on the BB? That's ridiculous. When will two-way synchronization be provided?

Um.... never. The BlackBerry Internet Service goes out of its way to post changes to your mail server. The mail server will never post changes to the BlackBerry Internet Service. All BlackBerry Internet Service email reconciliation is one-way only, if it's even available.

One-way synchronization has been working on my Curve and my Bold since BIS 2.5 officially dropped... Why is it being touted as 'new'?

Now TWO way syncs would be MUCH more welcome.

Finally.... for some reason after I upgraded past .75 I cant get rid of the blasted Gmail items in my inbox... applied filters etc. This will be worth it alone ....

I for one am very excited about improved gmail support!

Has there been any mention of a launch date for Rogers?

IMAP with Gmail and my BlackBerry Curve 8310 have been working almost perfectly for a while now.
Hopefully with this new upgrade the support will be better and we can sync items in no time.
The only problems that I have been having with Gmail IMAP on my phone is that if I go to my webmail account and delete something out of it it usually takes a few minutes for it to actually 'sync' and read it as Read on my Curve.
Other than that I have no qualms, as I have been able to see the direct sync between my Curve's inbox and my webmail's.

"It's far from what I would consider a major upgrade as most of the stuff that will be implemented many people may not even notice." ...??

I think a lot of people will not only notice the changes but are eagerly awaiting a lot of features of this update such as Gmail integration using IMAP (top priority for many), option to change signatures from the device itself and display of p'word characters.

As a reader of CrackBerry and other BB sites I'm sure, you would notice. But those who are not really "into" the whole BlackBerry thing will not notice, as opposed to say the launch of BIS 2.5 where everyones email started looking a little differently and carriers were pushing people to upgrade to 4.5 OS.

So should I reintigrate my Gmail account now, or wait till March 21st? Not sure, I want to get rid of those sent messages once and for all...

Hasn't the IMAP Gmail support, one-way sync always been there!?? Sure has for me...

I'm just hoping for 'instant' receive of Gmail on IMAP... pretty pleassssssssssssssssssssssse

@shanek83..... are you saying that if you delete a Gmail email it also deletes on the server? That's the kind of sync they are talking about. Not to be confused with push. Albeit its only one way, from phone to server.

The 2.6 features are already there. Any emails marked as read or deleted on my Berry are replicated on my email server and always has done.

So if I'm understanding this correctly, the BIS update still won't replace the need for the Gmail application, because we will still need the Gmail app for labeling and archiving e-mail, right?

Is there anything I need to do to my phone for these changes to take place or is this all handled on the back end?


I think what they mean by Gmail integration is that the native protocol will be IMAP instead of POP. Meaning that prior to BIS 2.6 you had to use a false e-mail address or password and then set up IMAP manually. Now it sets up IMAP as a default instead and automatically places a filter to prevent sent messages from duplicating to your inbox.

I have been having problems with my bbsmartview app to view email in HTML. I turned it off and I noticed with the upgrade to BIS it now supports HTML enabling with option to load all images a la MS outlook. I a noob to BB and cant find this feature update in any blog bb resource, but im glad its there. To get it to work you have to follow the same gmail steps.