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Google kills off Gmail for BlackBerry mobile phones

Internet search engine giant Google has announced it has ended development of the native Gmail application, for Research In Motion email handsets.

This news came from a blog post on the Google Apps official site, which reads: ‘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.’

The message goes on to note – 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 in their BlackBerry web browser.

Google hasn’t removed the application from BlackBerry App World, only the download link for the Gmail app for BlackBerry is being removed from the main site.

The company is complete ceasing development on the Gmail app for BlackBerry, in order to focus on the mobile browser instead.

This does not affect Google Apps for Business, Government, and Education customers using Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server – as they will continue to be supported.

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.