Search your BlackBerry email and contacts with Google Mobile App

Thursday, January 14, 2010 | 9:00 AM

If you have a BlackBerry and use the built-in Messages and Contacts apps, you can now search the email and contacts on your device using the new version of Google Mobile App.

Just type (or speak) your query - perhaps the name of the person who sent you the mail or a phrase from the text - and Google Mobile App will search through the emails and contacts on your device and return the results. You can quickly reply to an email or forward it on.



You can also quickly call, SMS, or email contacts by typing the first few letters of your contact's first or last name, and then pressing the corresponding button. Google Mobile App will suggest contacts as you type and you can scroll down to select one. Google Mobile App will promote the people you contact frequently to the top of the suggestions list.



To switch between on-device results (email and contacts) and web results (from Google), click on the link underneath the search box.

If you'd rather Google Mobile App not search your email and contacts, you can turn off Phone Search in the options screen. Google Mobile App does not send information about your contacts or content from your emails to Google. This data is only accessed on your device.

Searching email requires BlackBerry OS version 4.5 or higher. Searching contacts is available on BlackBerry OS 4.2 and higher.

The new version of Google Mobile App also includes other improvements, such as the ability to use your BlackBerry's Wi-Fi connection to access the Internet.

To download Google Mobile App to your BlackBerry, visit m.google.com. Learn more in our help center.

16 comments:

MrNerd said...

ahh... when do you guys make nice apps for nokia?? i have my nokia 5800 (touch screen) and only gmail app i can get for it is stupid and freaking old looking java app. 2nd thing with the mobile app is that search app, i have my touch screen, but that app has made for keypad phones, for example, in the start screen comes a message "press c to search" I DON'T HAVE ANY C :s ON MY PHONE IT'S TOUCHSCREEN!!! You guys really need to update them or i'm getting mad.

Mike said...

When will this app be available for the Storm 9530 and Storm2 9550?

Samuel said...

I'm assuming there's a local index involved that's stored on the phone. Approximately how large is it and can it be stored on an SD card or only on device memory?

Kevin Kint said...

This is AWESOME! Especially after Verizon has decided to force feed us Bing as our browser search option. Nice to get an upgrade on something so useful, thanks!

John Varner said...

Nice, but why are only contacts sycnronized using "Desktop" displayed? I have lots of contacts synchronized using my Gmail account, and these are not shown in the search results. Very limiting.

Greg said...

I find the BlackBerry Search function does just as well for searching through content on the device. If I want to search online, I'll simply go to the browser. I find my memory holds up longer without the Google Mobile App and Maps.

C&S Press-Repair said...

Little tough to use on Storm but seems pretty cool

IAMVALEY said...

When will this app be available for the Storm 9530 and Storm2 9550?

marcusd said...

i can't wait for the google voice integration! ;-)

Cowboy said...

Forget about adding new functionality and start localizing this application!

I don't have this potentially fantastic application installed on my BlackBerry Bold 9000 because during the installation, it was clear that the content is optimized for North America and a small number of other regions...

Localize this for Australia (and to be fair, other markets with large numbers of BlackBerry users), THEN worry about adding new features!

C&S Press-Repair said...

It works on the storm but like using google voice app its hard to navigate around

Mark said...

give us Storm2 users some love... dang thing is REALLY difficult to use. Have to use the skinny/small view or the disabled compatibility/limited use view. Google Voice mobile has the same problems.

Thomas said...

Does not work on AT&T Curve 8310. Will load the software but it won't show up.

Lumm said...

any possibility to have this new feature drill down into SMS and other messages besides email? or into your tasks, calendar and memopads, like the native blackberry search does?

Bodyweapon said...

when is it available for BB storm?

Bill Wood said...

When will this app be available for the Storm2 9550? I can't even download it.