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Google has been building up its array of offerings for Blackberry devices. Google Maps, GMail and Google Talk applications are widely used by Blackberry owners, but one application that is going to pleasantly surprise everyone is the brand-new Google Sync, which makes your Google Calendar whisper […]

Google has been building up its array of offerings for Blackberry devices. Google Maps, GMail and Google Talk applications are widely used by Blackberry owners, but one application that is going to pleasantly surprise everyone is the brand-new Google Sync, which makes your Google Calendar whisper sweet nothings to your Blackberry Calendar. Google Sync is going to be made available for other platforms as well, but for now it is a Blackberry exclusive.

I downloaded and installed it on the T-Mobile Curve. (On your device browser visit http://m.google.com/sync.) I had to go into the application permission settings to allow the device to automatically sync with my default calendar. I left it on “automatic” and now the calendar changes sync (both ways) whenever a calendar entry is changed or added. Unlike a lot of other folks, I prefer using one calendar. It syncs with my desktop iCal via Span Sync and now Google Sync with the Blackberry. There are some folks who are having trouble syncing pre-existing calendar entries on their Blackberries with Google Calendar, but since I didn’t have entries to start with, I personally didn’t experience this problem.

If you prefer not to use Google Sync, then there are other options such as GCalSync or GooSync — and both are quite excellent. Windows users can use Calgoo Connect to sync Outlook with Google Calendar and then one of the three offerings to get your calendar on Blackberry. Among other new mobile applications from Google, I would recommend installing Google Docs for Blackberry and Picasa — especially if your Blackberry has a built-in camera.

  1. Sweet!!!

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  2. Plaxo sync does a decent job too.

    BTW the sync works with Google Apps accounts too (i tried mine). This is in addition to Google offering a GMail like app for the small to medium businesses.

    So they are kinda eating RIMs lunch too. Small businesses using Google Apps dont need to buy BlackBerry Enterprise servers any more. All they need is Goog Apps.

    Seems like a good topic to post abou ton my blog ;-)

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  3. Downloaded it. How sweet it is!

    These guys (Google) make it look to easy. Execute, execute, execute….

    Om, thanks for the head up.

    btw – shekyboy, I think you may be correct. A small biz does not require crackberyy server edition. This should “send” their stock down a couple of bucks as soon as the “street” catches wind.

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  4. Alex

    And Shekyboy, well this is where the “free” part starts to hurt folks like RIM. I wonder if they are turning a willing eye away from this. It certainly keeps RIM devices relevant in the SMB market. Don’t you think? Sure they don’t make much money off the service/server sales, but gets them some market share.

    THoughts?

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  5. [...] up in my Blackberry’s native calendar a minute later, thanks to the new sync capability that Om likes as much as I do. I kill time on long holiday lines by catching up on Reader [...]

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  6. I love it! Now the only thing missing is for Google to buy SpanSync or create an alternative.

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  7. Dear Om & Chums,

    Google aka Everything But The Kitchen Sync…

    Your wit wisdom and insight throughout the year keeps me in good cheer so herewith some singing lights and the obligatory winter scene to warm your cockles http://www.bon-bon.tv/xmas07/

    Best Wishes,

    Adam

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  8. Om,

    Good point. Although I haven’t seen much data on the revenue breakdown.

    However I feel that there device sales are triggered heavily by such enterprise capabilities. For example Blackberry’s are standard at where I work and they have full integration with their Enterprise server. This is the case with many establishments.

    Once they have that setup, these companies end up buying RIMs devices only. Other smartphones dont really enjoy this kind of relationship. In otherwords their enterprise capabilities do support their device sales.

    So theoretically, such moves from Google could hurt RIM. If SMBs start adopting Google apps completely, they have no reason to choose BlackBerry’s over iPhones or Treos…

    Just my 2 cents.

    Abhishek

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  9. @ Abhishek

    I agree. So our company would be a typical small business. All of us have Blackberries and use Google Talk, and Gmail along with company IMAP. It works nicely for us, and now Calendar syncing. In order to get the company on the same calendar, i would imagine Google would have to add multiple calendar support to this little sync app. So we are hopeful.

    Why Blackberries: better phone than treo, and better keyboard and form factor. Similarly iPhone is not ready for the business use, especially if one gets a lot of email. Lets see how the SDK availability changes all that.

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  10. @Om,

    Yeah, agree.

    By the way, I just played with the sync app again and you can configure additional calendars. However you must have these additional calendars added on the online view. For example you can have your comapny’s calendar and personal calendar all fed into Gcal. This sync app then will show all of them in unified view. Neato!

    Yeah I agree about your comment about BlackBerrys holding their own. Quite frankly they aren’t holding by much. With iPhone pushing the market everyone is trying to deliver better smart-phones. So even if iPhone directly does not hurt RIM, others may. But they may not have Google Apps unless they go Android… Google will have those apps for Android, for sure.

    Abhishek

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