Google Killing Off Sync for BlackBerries and Mobile GTalk
Google today announced a number of products that it is discontinuing or will no longer support over the coming weeks. Though most of the services are related to Google's desktop services, two mobile products are being affected. Beginning June 1, Google will stop supporting Google Sync for BlackBerry. Google said that users who have already downloaded the app will still be able to use it, but it will no longer be available for download and won't be maintained after June 1. Google suggests that Google Sync for BlackBerry users switch to BlackBerry Internet Service, or the Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Google believes these products offer a better experience for syncing email, calendar, and contacts. Also, Google is shutting down the mobile web app for Google Talk. Google recommends mobiel Google Talk users switch to the native Google Talk app on Android or any XMPP-compliant app on other mobile platforms.
Review: BlackBerry KEYone
The KEYone is made by TCL and it runs Google's Android operating system, but this phone clearly has the heart and soul of a BlackBerry beating within. BlackBerry and TCL designed the KEYone together to ensure it offers the best from BlackBerry, TCL, and Google.
Google Adds Reminders to Google Calendar
Google today said mobile device users can now add reminders to their Google Calendar. Google says reminders will remain within Google Calendar if left uncompleted.
BlackBerry Offering Privacy Shade Tool to All Hub+ Subscribers
BlackBerry today outlined several changes headed to its suite of Android applications, including the general availability of the Privacy Shade. The Privacy Shade was first made available only to BlackBerry-branded handsets, but will soon be available to any Android handset that relies on the BlackBerry Hub+ service.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.