Google Apps Connector For BlackBerry Enterprise Server Coming August 2009

Google Apps Connector For BlackBerry Enterprise Server Coming August 2009
By Bla1ze on 30 Jul 2009 08:46 am EDT
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BlackBery Rocks has spotted what originally had shown a release date of July on the Google Apps page, is now reflecting a change to August for launch of the Google apps connector for Enterprise servers. Other then the change of ETA for launch all other information has stayed the same for the up and coming application. For those unfamiliar with what exactly this application is going to offer those on BES and Google apps users, here ia break down of features for you all again:
  • Messages sent to your Gmail inbox are pushed to your BlackBerry within 60 seconds.
  • Emails read/deleted on your BlackBerry are marked as read/deleted in Gmail, and vice-versa.
  • Synchronize BlackBerry folders with labels in Gmail.
  • Search for email addresses and phone numbers of other users on your company domain.
  • View your Google Calendar schedule on your native BlackBerry application, with one-way synchronization from Google Calendar to your BlackBerry device.
  • Contacts in Gmail are automatically synchronized with your BlackBerry address book. 

This will be a great application when it launches. Sadly, it is not a consumer product even though some of the features included should really already be working with Gmail, but sadly do not. I really wish a BES was not required for some of this integration to work, but I have hopes that Google will enable some of this within Gmail for the consumer audience.

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Google Apps Connector For BlackBerry Enterprise Server Coming August 2009

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We're too small to have BES but my phone is mostly for work and I'm an avid Google user. Having these features on BIS for the "consumer" market would be great for folk like me.

With the forthcoming Google Gmail plugin (that weirdly didn't get covered here, but just about everywhere else) and Google Sync, I'm not sure what this achieves past what you'll be able to get elsewhere anyhow? Why would you need this?

Honestly, every time I see a Google Apps story I keep hoping it'll be a sync solution for my Google Documents, but no one seems to be going in that direction.

The functionality is pretty much all there if you are a Gmail user, minus the BES. The Google sync tool works great to get all Gmail calendar events and contacts onto your BB. GMail (the app) or a Gmail account with the BB BIS email push service are very fast and well synchronized for delivering messages. With a little planning you can have a well functioning Gmail experience on your BB and even get the info you need from third party email tools as well (reducing the need to rely on BES if you use an exchange server, for example).

Unfortunately Google Sync in it's current form doesn't sync all the contact fields (i.e birthday, anniversary, etc.)

How is this different that what I am currently doing? Using Google Sync I sync my Google calendar and contacts with my BB and get my email via BB and delete/read from the device. I don't have BES but don't see a huge development here.

# Emails read/deleted on your BlackBerry are marked as read/deleted in Gmail, and vice-versa.

Currently emails read on the BlackBerry will be marked read, or deleted if you choose. This does not work vice-versa (i.e. read an email on your computer's web browser, it does not show unread on the device)

# Synchronize BlackBerry folders with labels in Gmail.

BIS does not do this.. It only delivers what goes to your inbox, with no folders. I archive/filter a lot of stuff for my company, so this feature would be helpful.

However, if you are this could be huge. More companies that don't have the resources to spend on Exchange, or would rather spend IT money elsewhere can now move to Google Apps, but maintain the security of BlackBerry platform