New Google Mobile All-In-One Application For BlackBerry

While at jury duty all day I had a chance to check out the Google Mobile Blog. Turns out the Google released a very slick new application for BlackBerry. It essentially is a one stop shop for all Google BlackBerry applications except for Google Talk. You can download and access all of the other current Google applications from within this app. It also replaces the useless Google Updater application that even Google stopped using.

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So what exactly will you get?

  • Fast Google search – enter queries without waiting for a browser to load
  • Search history – easily access and amend your previous queries
  • Google Suggest – complete queries with less typing
  • Easy access to Google products for your phone – click once to download and install our applications for BlackBerry, and get immediate access to our web-based services
  • Google Apps support – get direct links to your Google Apps Calendar and Documents/Spreadsheets (select Menu, Options, Use Google Apps Domain: yes, and then enter your domain name)
  • Update alerts – learn about new versions of downloadable Google mobile applications and upgrade with just one click (Google Mobile App replaces Google Updater for BackBerry)

I was having some issues installing other Google applications from within the application but it worked with some fiddeling.

You can pick up the new Google Mobile App at m.google.com from your Berry. Let us know what you think of the new app and if you find any new features!

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  1. I love it so far, replaces a lot of other icons on my desktop with just one. I also agree that Google Updater was rather useless

  2. Google does it, yet ONCE again!

  3. 1) Can anyone clarify what under Options they mean by “Use Google Apps Domain: No/Yes? The default value is “No”, and you can free type a Domain Name.

    2) What do I do with the existing home screen icons I have for Gmaps, Gmail, and Gnews? Should I just hide them in a folder, since I only need the Google Mobile Apps icon on the homescreen now, or can I uninstall them without loose the apps themselves?

  4. Hmmm… Won’t download on 9000 and on 8300. On which machines is this supposed to work? Alternative Link? Please… :)

  5. @Nikolaus

    Just hide the other shortucts if you don’t need them, This new app is just a bridge between the other apps it does not replace all of them just the Google Updater and I Think Google Search.

  6. I have some big problems with this now that I’ve had it a bit longer. For one thing, there is no visual indicator that a new e-mail for Gmail has arrived. I used to see the Gmail icon change, but that does not happen in this Google Mobile App. 2nd, only 4 items? There is plenty of room for 2 rows of 4. Placing in order of last used rather than fixed position would also be a good option to offer. 3rd, the home screen icon for this is really bad. Most BB developers have realized that a square home screen icon is a bad idea since highlight is backlighting. The icons for Gmaps and Gmail were really good, so why should this one be so not? I hope this app gets better next version…

  7. @ Nikolaus

    You do know you can leave the shortcut to GMail on the desktop if you want to right? That’s what I did. I hid the others but left GMail and I still get my notifications.

    This is just the first release, I’m sure it will be tweaked and improved with time. By using the Menu button you can specify what shortcuts to show across the top but I agree it would be nice if it had two rows.

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