I haven't seen any threads on this.
At some point Google seems to have switched from providing their mobile apps via individual downloads to a "Google Services" package. When you BB surf to mobile.google.com
you get the choice to install Maps, Gmail, Search, and News apps all in one (quick) fell swoop. There's check boxes to select each app to select which to install.
While individual items are added to your applications screen, if you check settings-applications they're all lumped under Google Services. After installation there's also access to the install checklist under options -> settings -> google services.
Impresions: Google Maps
The latest version is cleaner, quicker, and more intuitive. You can add spots to your favorites, which makes navigation easier. Place markers look slicker, colors are nicer. For metropolitan areas you can get real-time traffic overlays
Satellite view overlays added.
Conclusion: Sick. Simple. Upgrade yesterday. Gmail
A marked improvement over the 1.0.0 release, which was buggy. Label filtering seems fixed - all labels can be accessed through the menu or menu->more. # of unread mails per label is displayed in the menu. Still can't add labels. Small fonts/big fonts options.
While I haven't tried gmail web access thru the Opera browser, I can't see any reason not to use this app in place of web access... With the possible exception of labeling. Web access is nearly unusable in the 7100 BB browser.
Conclusion: Great app if you need mobile access to your gmail but don't want to forward to you BB mail account. Search
Simply installs a link on your desktop to launch your browser to google.com. Kinda worthless, IMHO. Google xhtml
is quicker and easier to navigate anyway.
Conclusion: Cr@p. News
Haven't tried it yet, so I'll digress. Google Reader for you PC/Mac browser is brilliant if you follow many RSS feeds. It's still under labs.
Quoting rivviepop: "News - useless like the Search, all it does is put an icon on the menu that launched the browser to their website. Deleted the cr@p."