New BIS 3.0 And 3.1 On The Horizon; Coming As Soon As 2010?!?

By Bla1ze on 13 Nov 2009 05:12 pm EST
BIS 3.0 And 3.1 In The Pipeline

We've been hearing about this for a while now and while it can still go under the rumors section considering no announcement has been made about it. Despite it not being official just yet, it's been something that has been in the pipe forever anyways as the details of BIS 2.5 and 2.6 already gave way to what exactly RIM's plans are for upcoming BIS iterations. The rumors at this point are that BIS 3.0 is coming in 2010 and shortly following the 3.0 launch, BIS 3.1 will be rolled out to consumers with a whole slew of new features.

BIS 3.0 (March 2010):

  • Improved the Gmail plugin
  • Synchronization deleted messages, read / unread and sent between the box and your own Gmail (so far worked only in the opposite direction)
  • The ability to add and remove labels from your device 
BIS 3.1 (Soon after): 
  • Synchronize Google Calendar
  • Synchronize your address book from Hotmail account
  • Synchronize your address book from Yahoo
  • Yahoo mailbox will cause an automatic download of Yahoo messenger on the device

All these features would be welcomed changes for sure but I'm positive these are not the only great changes we will see. New BIS features should include a lot more that what has been listed here but until an official statement comes out from Research In Motion we'll just have to sit back and wait.

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New BIS 3.0 And 3.1 On The Horizon; Coming As Soon As 2010?!?


Thank G*d we'll FINALLY have two-way sync with Gmail.

This has been one of my biggest gripes.

I wholeheartedly believe syncing our mobile devices to the cloud (be it Google, Live, Yahoo, etc.) is the best possible way to go in the mobile industry. The more we can sync the better. This is great news!

Freaking awesome!!! NOT! I don't see any mention about fixing "Truncated Emails" or 2.9MB email attachment limits or size limits on downloads from the browser. Maybe BIS version 11tybillion will bring that. :rolleyes:

Yes, BIS needs some major upgrades. Two-way sync for everyone (not just gmail), no more truncated messages, no more truncated attachments, folder support, IMAP remote search (not just gmail).

I know RIM will get around to it eventually. They have to in order to stay competitive, but I am tired of waiting.

If they can sync hotmail addresses, why not messages? I share the other sentiments on the truncated email, etc.

2 way sync is the one feature I've wanted. Hopefully it isn't much more of a battery killer but even if it is I'll be happy just to not have to check it on my PC and then my phone. I can't stand unread messages heh.

Don't use gmail so a big yawn there, but start syncing my Exchange contacts & calendar via OWA and I'll sit up and pay attention!

2-way push Gmail sync.. the holy grail of Gmail on BB... finally!

But honestly, let's take a step back and do a reality check--RIM has NEVER delivered anything on schedule... So let's say that we will more likely see this in May-Aug (or possibly later) instead of March.

Not sure why Google is soooooooooooooooo far behind in this area but I feel like I took a HUGE step back when moving from YahooMail to Gmail. You would think that with all the new things Google is coming out with they could get the 2-way sync working, at a minimum.

Seems to me that RIM is pushing for BIS to work simular to BES as far as email, contact and Calendar syncing

Okay, I admit I welcome some of these changes but an automatic download of messenger just because I have a yahoo email address is bullshit. I don't need any more messenger apps on my phone and certainly not yahoo. I suppose I will either delete my yahoo address or at least remove it from my device. Thankfully it's not terribly important.

I am a new BB bold 9700 user after having worked with an number of older model BB's before. I was used to have a perfectly synched BB with the outlook express emailbox (from my former work). The synch worked two ways, as it is supposed to.

Now I started using my new BB with my personal gmail account and several google app accounts. The sync is not at all two way, as everybody here of course realizes. I downloaded the gmail app now for the time being, but I just want to have the real deal on my BB: two way sync, using the BB's message box.

My question now is: what if IMAP my gmail accounts to outlook express, and subsequently IMAP the outlook accounts to the BB. Could this work?

All help is welcome and much appreciated!

It's nice they are sync gmail and calendar, but I'd like to see them sync the notes and task list as well.


um... can already sync gmail calendar and contacts through the google sync app... so nothing really breakthrough here?? unless BIS 3.0/3.1 does it natively... no need for app...

will we need to upgrade our OS'es to take advantage of BIS 3.0/3.1? or is that all transparently done on the BB server side??

iPhone has IMAP folders, so that you can see the subfolders of the INBOX across multiple email accounts.

Android has IMAP folders, so that you can see the subfolders of the INBOX across multiple email accounts.

Symbian has IMAP folders, so that you can see the subfolders of the INBOX across multiple email accounts.

Windows Mobile has IMAP folders, so that you can see the subfolders of the INBOX across multiple email accounts.

BlackBerry requires you pay for BES and exchange hosting, and even then you only get IMAP subfolders on one account. If you don't pay extra, you get INBOX, and that's it.

Blackberry is at the bottom for email. I am hoping this update would let them compete again.

How long does BB users have to wait for folder sync? How can BB still be profiled as best for e-mailing if no folder sync is offered? I love my BB, but come on RIM!! I wish that they at least were more transparent about this issue.