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Google dumping its BlackBerry Gmail app

November 9, 2011 |  1:17 pm

Gmail on a BlackBerry web browser

Google is ending support for its Gmail app on Blackberry smartphones as of Nov. 22.

"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," Google said in a blog post. "Users may continue to use the app, if installed, however it will not be supported by Google" or be available for download as of Nov. 22.

Last week, Google released a native Gmail app to Apple's App Store for iOS devices -- such as the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad -- but the app was filled with problems.

Google quickly pulled the app from the App Store, apologized for shipping an incomplete product and said a fix was on the way. So far no new iOS Gmail app has been delivered.

The company also produces a native Gmail app for Android but does not make one for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 software.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Photo: on a BlackBerry smartphone's mobile browser. Credit: Nathan Olivarez-Giles/Los Angeles Times