Google will release a new tool, Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which allows users to connect to their Google Apps through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, allowing a more seamless integration of Gmail, Google Calendar and other applications onto their BlackBerry smartphones. Research In Motion recently released the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0, designed to boost IT administrators' control over BlackBerry smartphone updating and security.
plans on releasing a new tool-Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server-that
allows users access to their Google apps, including Gmail and Google Calendar,
through integrated BlackBerry smartphone applications.
The Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server will be
available, for free, to all Google Apps Premier and Education Edition customers
come July; it is currently in beta testing at select companies and
"This new software component will make it even easier for mobile users
to use Google apps on BlackBerry smartphones," Raju Gulabani, product
management director for Google, said in a May 4 corporate blog posting.
"It allows users to access Gmail, Google Calendar and Contacts using the
built-in BlackBerry smartphone applications they already know and love."
The synchronization allows users to receive Gmail messages within their
BlackBerry's e-mail client, have Google Calendar events updated and synced on
the BlackBerry Calendar, and port any contacts saved on Google apps into native
BlackBerry smartphone applications.
In addition, IT administrators can continue to manage BlackBerry smartphones
using the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, according to Gulabani. "Google
Apps Connector installs on BlackBerry Enterprise Server, connecting it to the
Google Apps cloud and synchronizing e-mail, calendar and contacts for all
BlackBerry smartphone users."
On May 4, Research
In Motion announced the
general availability of its BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0, designed to
increase IT administrators' granular control over large mobile enterprise work forces,
with several solutions intended to increase the functionality and flexibility
of the BlackBerry line. At the same time, the server can be tuned to prevent
certain prohibited applications from being downloaded by network smartphone
users, boosting security.
Enterprise Server 5.0 allows IT administrators to wirelessly load software
updates onto a BlackBerry network and schedule those updates remotely and
automatically. Role-based access controls allow certain tasks to be delegated
to IT staffs, but include the ability to restrict certain functions to
administrators and workers of a certain level.
Google has also been rolling out new products this week.
On May 4, the
search-engine giant announced two new applications derived from Google
Latitude, its geo-location service that allows users to post their real-time
location. Users can now display their Latitude position to Google Talk and
Gmail Chat, via an application called Google Talk location status (beta), and
also on a user's blog or personal Website, with Google Public Location Badge.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.