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Old 06-15-2006, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok last week I had a problem with a users BB. TSupport helped me solve no problem...As usuall they sent me a feedback survey, which I filled out. In the comments section, I put "Somehow, please incorporate Google Calendar with the BB."

Well RIM followed up and call me a few minutes ago. Basically they indicated that they know this is going to be popular and somehow may incorporate into the next BES and also working on a NON BES way as well. Unfortunately no time line was given, but they were letting me know they are aware this may be a good thing to add....

Just thought I would pass that on.....

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Old 06-15-2006, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 06-15-2006, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Time will tell, hopefully more sooner than later.

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I honestly don't see support coming for it. They have a partnership with yahoo and they don't even support the yahoo calendar. You'd think that would give them alot more incentive to get the yahoo calendar working.
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That's awesome. I actually wrote to Google recently requesting that they pursue a way to sync GMail and Calendar with the BB. Google did make a fantastic IM client for the BB; I'm really hoping the two companies work together to produce a nice solution for us non-BES people. BlackBerry+wireless sync'd GMail+wireless sync'd Google Calendar = nirvana.
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I honestly don't see support coming for it. They have a partnership with yahoo and they don't even support the yahoo calendar. You'd think that would give them alot more incentive to get the yahoo calendar working.
I can see your point, however why the call?

IMHO yahoo is a dying, Google has WAY more to offer.

I will bet everything I own, that GOOGLE will be the NEXT MICROSOFT, without the problems. They already have an online calendar, online spreadsheet, and have aquired WRITLEY (word processing). The list of google products keeps growing. What has YAHOO done lately....NOTHING....Google is making the move and doing so with force. GOOGLE has everything and more than Yahoo does.

Kinda off topic, but it appears this is coming as well (Google TV?): (from http://blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=230)

Just last week a paper(pdf) written by some Googlers was published that contains quite a few interesting ideas. Sometimes it's one thing to be interesting and another to be realistic, but I remember writing an article a few months ago that should be brought back to light. Google is looking for a Project Manager to produce exactly what has been described by the paper.

As others have reported, the paper introduces some pretty cool stuff that would change how people watch TV. It involves having a computer nearby (preferrably a laptop) with a microphone to pick up sounds from the television. Based on what it hears, it can easily determine what is being watched xxx8212; unlocking a lot of possibilities.

Here is an example of the process this paper describes:

1. Power on your laptop and launch the Google TV application
2. Tune into your favourite show
3. The application will be "listening" to determine what you are watching xxx8212; done by looking up it's audio signature
4. By knowing what you are watching, Google could serve up relevant information about the program, a chatroom, and to make it worth their time, probably even targeted advertising

This has the potential to become a "cool" product that even passes the "Mom" test. If it does, the product would rocket past the threshold many others fail to reach. I could see myself using it xxx8212; could you?
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That's awesome. I actually wrote to Google recently requesting that they pursue a way to sync GMail and Calendar with the BB. Google did make a fantastic IM client for the BB; I'm really hoping the two companies work together to produce a nice solution for us non-BES people. BlackBerry+wireless sync'd GMail+wireless sync'd Google Calendar = nirvana.
Therexxx8217;s this option by using GcalSync. Synchronize your BB calendar with Google calendar. Try it. GCalSync

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Old 06-15-2006, 01:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yeah it's OK, I frequently have troubles with TCP on my BB though. And it's a little buggy.
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I like it and it shows promise. Letxxx8217;s just hope future releases will settle some of those bugs.

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I like it and it shows promise. Letís just hope future releases will settle some of those bugs.

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I tried and noticed all my times were 4 hrs off and it does not support recurring events....
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I can see your point, however why the call?

IMHO yahoo is a dying, Google has WAY more to offer.
I don't know about Yahoo dying, but I do think that Google takes a different, and IMHO better, approach. Google is more likely to use an open standard than Yahoo. Yahoo wants to lock you into their system - for example, they don't use a standard like ICAL to share their calendar. You can share your Yahoo calendar with other Yahoo users, but not users running ICAL-compliant calendar apps. Your Google calendar can be shared with anyone who has an Internet connection and a ICAL-compliant app.

Depending on your strategy as a sw/hw vendor, this might be attractive. If your strategy is to have your device connect with open standards solutions, then Google is an attractive choice. As long as your device works with ICAL, it works with Google. In fact, unlike Yahoo, you don't have to pay Google a penny as long as your device supports standards.

I had thought that RIM was more of a "closed solutions" vendor because of their BES history. Based on them calling you, I'd guess that they have decided that they need to become a vendor supporting open standards to make it in the consumer market. This makes sense, especially when you consider that Palm has a big head start in the consumer market. For example, you can sync your Palm device to your Yahoo calendar (not OTA, but using Yahoo's free sync). If your BB can do OTA sync with Google Calendar, then they've leapfrogged Palm as far as sync goes. They've also licked the Mac/Linux issue for BB, because OTA is ultimately better than connecting your device to a PC for sync.

[Aside: Last I checked, Google's ICAL was publish only - you couldn't use ICAL-compliant apps to update it. Has this changed?]
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[Aside: Last I checked, Google's ICAL was publish only - you couldn't use ICAL-compliant apps to update it. Has this changed?]
Here is one way: (program)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/remotecalendars
And example (i think flash):
http://remotecalendars.sourceforge.net/google.htm

I found it a little confusing, however it apparently works....

To find other discussions about this, go to your GCal, select help, and then on right side of screen click "Google Calendar Discussion Group". The guys who developed this is "LastHope" Here is his profile, along with his posts....

http://groups.google.com/groups/prof...RTRESqMVXU1Lxj
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i dont know if mine are 4 hrs off.. i cant seem to even see them
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Old 06-15-2006, 06:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I wish the RIM OS supported vCal/iCal for meeting invites. Of course, that would infringe on BES functionality.
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