While Google has shown further dedication to iOS with the launch of its native Gmail application for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad in recent weeks, the company has taken some of its focus away from BlackBerry devices by killing off its Gmail app for BlackBerry.
Google announced today that downloads and support for the Gmail application for BlackBerry will cease on November 22, when the app will be pulled from BlackBerry App World. In a short statement on its Google Apps blog, the company said that it will be focusing on its web-based Gmail application instead:
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.
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 http://www.gmail.com in their BlackBerry web browser.
BlackBerry users who have already installed the latest version of Gmail will still be able to use the app after November 22, it just won’t be updated and they won’t be able to re-install it if they lose it. They can still use Gmail through their BlackBerry browser, however, increasing its functionality will the enhanced Gmail plug-in from RIM.
It’s interesting that Google says it is focusing its efforts on “building a great Gmail experience in the mobile browser,” but is continuing to develop a native app for iOS. Although the app was removed from the App Store shortly after its launch due to a number of major issues, the company has promised that it’s coming back.
Are you disappointed that Google has ceased development of its Gmail app for BlackBerry?