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Google:more than Sync with Blackberry

Om Malik is crowing about how great Google Calendar on BlackBerry is.  I don't use Google Calendar, so it's hard for me to really pass judgement on it, as I am not about to go and shift one of my core business productivity tools for a "test drive".  It's a fact, thought, that more and more Google applications are showing up on BlackBerry as native BlackBerry applications. Calendar, mail, maps… it certainly gives me pause.  Is it any coincidence, given that Google set up shop in Waterloo in January of 2006?

The RIM team is smart.  Having built a business out of being the indispensible business person's tool for email, address book and calendar, they're now going after the consumer.  Partnering with Google delivers a well accepted suite of consumer applications onto the BlackBerry. 

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  • Matt December 20, 2007, 12:45 pm

    I believe Google setup shop in Waterloo due to an acquisition of Reqwireless. They had offices in Toronto (Markham) before that, may still have. They also have a few employees here in Ottawa after their acquisition of Adscape but they're being asked to move I believe.

  • steve December 20, 2007, 5:22 pm

    There is little evidence of "partnering" between RIM and Google in any meaningful or strategic sense, so far as I am aware. Cordial relationship, tactical application interoperability, use of public APIs, all yes… but nothing more at least for now. Not even a common or coordinated assault on common enemies like MSFT or NOK. They are both vying for a proprietary lock on overlapping user bases.

  • Alec December 20, 2007, 6:50 pm

    I'm not sure about that Steve. I seem to remember that RIM wrote a good chunk of Gtalk for the Blackberry. Of course, I could be completely wrong.

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