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Old 01-26-2007, 01:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

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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."

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Old 01-26-2007, 12:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Some followup -- the GMail app seems to be the same version (Help screen reports 1.0.0b), but it has a new icon on the menu. Usage of the app seems the same, I don't see any changed behaviour. BTW, I already had GMail installed and it simply upgraded/overwrote that version, but lost my login setting.

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.
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Old 01-26-2007, 12:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't see any changed behaviour. BTW,
Did you try using label filters before upgrading? On v1.0.0 on my BB label filtering (by menu selection) didn't work at all - always displayed inbox.
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What is the version for the Google Map from the suite?

I try not to upgrade the Google map because they removed all my favorites and I had to set them up again.

The Google Map I have is version 1.4.2.
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Did you try using label filters before upgrading? On v1.0.0 on my BB label filtering (by menu selection) didn't work at all - always displayed inbox.
Ahh - no, I didn't. I don't really use the labels from my handset, it's just the Inbox view I work with. For me personally, I label and archive stuff but don't use it as a Inbox filtering tool normally. I *do* use them for Inbox filtering on my "pass thru" gmail account(*), but not on the main one I check with the applet.

(*) I forward all external email to a secondary gmail account, and set up a filter for each one that traps and stores email from that address; this has a natural spam filtering side-effect, as the filters miss the BS crap sent to "undisclosed recipients" and other spammer tricks where they put your address in the Envelope-To: header but not on the To: header.

True, non-spam email is then forwarded to my main gmail account, which runs the second spam filter and weeds out any stray spams, leaving me with a nice clean Inbox on my private-given-to-friends-only main gmail account, which is what I check with the applet.
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The Google Map I have is version 1.4.2.
Interestingly, it says 1.4.1 -- and I just downloaded the Suite this morning. huh.
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What is the version for the Google Map from the suite? <snip>
The Google Map I have is version 1.4.2.
The Google Services install that I downloaded yesterday indicates the maps installation is 1.4.1. Interesting that you've got a more recent version. Did you get that number from Maps -> Help -> About?
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When I last downloaded from Google Maps, My version is showing 1.4.2 as well.
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Mine is 1.4.2 as well, I downloaded directly from Google Maps.

Now if they would make it so you can clear the history without removing the favorites as well, I would be happy.
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Interestingly, it says 1.4.1 -- and I just downloaded the Suite this morning. huh.
My google maps is a standalone application; not from the suite.
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The Google Services install that I downloaded yesterday indicates the maps installation is 1.4.1. Interesting that you've got a more recent version. Did you get that number from Maps -> Help -> About?
The version of Google Maps inside Google Services is always behind the version of the standalone Google Maps download.
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there is absolutely NOTHING to download via mobile.google.com
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there is absolutely NOTHING to download via mobile.google.com
Make sure your BB browser is set to BlackBerry mode, not Internet Explorer or something like that. All of Google's mobile sites use user-agent detection to direct you to the right place and download the proper version of the applet.
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Also I notice, you have to browse to the site with the built in browser, not the Opera. It knows you are browsing with a Blackberry if you use the built in browser. This confused me for about 5 minutes, as I had to download it again, and I knew it worked before.

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