Google has announced plans to shutter its Sync for BlackBerry smartphones service to continue its annual “spring cleaning” initiative of closing not-so-popular products and services.
The Internet search titan said in an official blog post, “Beginning June 1, 2012, we’re ending our support for Google Sync for Blackberry. If you already have the app installed, you’ll still be able to use it; however it will not be available for download after June 1.”
A Research In Motion (RIM) representative told its BlackBerry users that these are no grounds to worry about, as they can still synchronize calendars and contacts to their BBs even after losing Sync for BlackBerry.
Google’s decision to discontinue the Google Sync app for Blackberry does not affect Blackberry customers’ ability to sync their Google content. All the functionality that was included in the Google Sync app is built-in to the Blackberry service for consumer and business customers.
You can quickly and easily set up automatic email, calendar and contacts sync for Google, and many other internet services such as Facebook, Twitter and Hotmail via Blackberry Setup.
Customers that have bought a new BlackBerry smartphone will be guided through this process as they set up their new device. Customers that have been using the Google Sync app can simply click on the Setup icon on the home screen and add their Google login details to immediately start syncing their data.
Six other services affected by the shutdown include Google Talk mobile web app and several Picasa photo-sharing options.