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Google Discontinues Standalone Gmail App for BlackBerry

Well this is no big surprise. After not receiving updates for years Google has decided to stop developing and releasing their standalone Gmail BlackBerry app. It hasen’t worked right on BlackBerry 7 devices either way but still I used it every blue moon to access old emails that were no longer on my device. On the other hand Google has really done a great job with the new HTML5 mobile websites which now offer a pretty “App-Like” experience.

Either way the old Gmail app is going away on November 22nd 2011 according to Google. Google says that current users can continue to use the app but it will not be supported by Google and will no longer be available for download after Nov 22nd. Anybody sad to see it go? My guess is that you will be able to find it on third party sites for awhile before it goes away from

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  1. I still use it occasionally, too. Guess once its gone I’ll have to set it up on my Berry and set a bunch of filters so I don’t get the crap I don’t want to see.

  2. I only used it when I wanted to look up an old email. But 75% of the time it locked up or went crazy. The web version forces my Bold to reboot. So….I just live with it set through the email. Most of the google apps are just wastes of space. In my opinion.

  3. It probably has more to do with RIM discontinuing support of BB java.

    This sounds like a shot at RIM given that Google did not announce support for BBX and recently released a native app for iOS.

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