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.
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.
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.
Google's Calendar App Enjoys a Useful Update
Google pushed out an update to its calendar app for Android devices today and added several features requested by users. For example, the calendar now offers a seven-day view and pinch-to-zoom.
Google Overhauls Google Contacts
Google has completely redesigned Google Contacts, the contact-management tool associated with Gmail. The online app has a brand new look and feel that brings it inline with many of Google's existing services.
Google to Pull Quickoffice from App Stores
Google recently said it will yank its Quickoffice app from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store in the coming weeks. Google is making the change because it has published stand-alone Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for creating and editing documents within its Google Drive service.