Google to stop support for native Gmail app for BlackBerry
Oh dear, things are not looking particularly good for BlackBerry. After reports that QNX smartphones might be delayed further, Google has announced it will yank its Gmail app from BlackBerry on November 22. Google wants to focus on making the Gmail experience better on the web browser rather than devoting resources on a native app. Users who already have the Gmail app on their BlackBerry can continue to use it. Here’s the statement from Google:
Beginning November 22, 2011, we will end support for the Gmail app for BlackBerry (installed native app). Over this past year, we’ve focused efforts on building a great Gmail experience in the mobile browser and will continue investing in this area.
Users may continue to use the app, if installed, however it will not be supported by Google, or available for download starting November 22. BlackBerry users can continue to access Gmail through the mobile web app at http://www.gmail.com in their BlackBerry web browser.