RIM and Google team up for corporate Gmail

BlackBerry and Google climb into the corporate bed
BlackBerry and Google climb into the corporate bed

Google has announced a deal with RIM to port its Mobile Search and Gmail apps onto the BlackBerry Enterprise Server platform.

This means that corporate BlackBerrys (the ones you see stern looking people in suits peering at angrily on the train as they find out Clive from accounts has ONCE AGAIN dropped the ball on the Schulbecker deal) will be able to host Google's favourite applications.

As those of you who work in an office and have either got / have been denied a BlackBerry, the whole BES is heavily locked down, so introducing 'legitimate' Google apps is a pretty big thing.

Users will either have to ask their IT guy to push the apps down to the handset, or the same IT bods can post the apps on an intranet where they can be downloaded securely.

We want to see the G-Berry

Whether this signals a movement towards Gmail being used for more corporate accounts or simply as a tandem email address, it's still good news for the user.

Google has been quick to extol the virtues of the deal over on its blog: "The ability to quickly search for information outside of the office is useful to workers on the go. With Google Mobile App, employees can search by voice, or otherwise quickly type queries by selecting query suggestions or past queries in their search history.

"Users can search for anything they can find on Google, such as stock quotes, product information, or weather. Google Mobile App also enables local search thanks to My Location -- just try searching for "pizza" or "hotel". Google Mobile App conveniently launches Google Maps, where it it is easy to get driving, transit, or walking directions."

Via Google's Mobile Blog

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.