The BIS 3.0 upgrade was successful over the weekend, although at first glance you wouldn't know it. The update is complete, but it sadly didn't bring along all the features we were expecting (Gmail two-way sync for one). North American users noted a gap in emails early Sunday morning, and as everyone was waking up they were surely trying to figure out if the upgrade had indeed gone through. Some features did show up however like the ability to add and delete labels via the Gmail Plugin, as well as OpenDocument support, but two-way sync for Gmail is still just a myth for now (but its said to be rolling out throughout the spring). Hit the jump for the full details of the upgrade, and be sure to drop a comment and let us know your thoughts.
- Coming soon: Enhancements to Google Mail integrations
- Google Mail Account to BlackBerry smartphone synchronization of read, unread and sent email message status for new Google Mail integrations
- Enhancements to the Google Mail Plug-in
- Create and delete labels using the BlackBerry smartphone
- Note: The Google Mail Plug-in requires BlackBerry® Device Software 4.5 or later and a Google Mail integration, using Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), within BlackBerry Internet Service.
- Additional language support for Basque, Catalan, Galician, Romanian
- Increased attachment compatibility
- OpenDocument presentations (.odp)
- OpenDocument spreadsheets (.ods)
- OpenDocument text (.odt)
- OpenDocument text templates (.ott)
- Windows Media® Audio (.wma)
- Improved email setup flow for HTML access
- Allows BlackBerry smartphone users to reclaim their email address if their BlackBerry Internet Service account is ever deleted.
- xHTML Support for non-Thick Clients
- BlackBerry Internet Service 3.0 is designed to support xHTML for non Thick Client users and provide BlackBerry smartphone users with a richer user experience, allowing for the use of buttons, additional fonts and colour controls when users access and toggle their user settings.
- Device switch revalidation
- BlackBerry smartphone users are required to revalidate all email accounts upon PIN changes. This includes username/password users who log in to their account through HTML, Thick Client, or xHTML (previously WAP). It also includes PIN changes that are completed through BlackBerry Internet Service Administration.
- Hosted email address passwords
- Hosted email address passwords, secret questions, and secret answers are now extended to ‘username/password' BlackBerry smartphone users
- Carrier Friendly Names
- BlackBerry smartphone users will be instructed to contact their specific carrier and will be provided with carrier contact information in HTML and WAP error messages
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