The Google Local on Blackberry might just be the thing that gets me to carry

Google Talk Gets a Taste of BlackBerry
Instant messaging service will be available on mobile devices.

Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service
Thursday, January 12, 2006

Continuing its push into the mobile space, Google is making its Google Talk
instant messaging service available to BlackBerry users, Google and
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion announced Thursday.

Google Talk for BlackBerry is a version of the instant messaging application
that was designed for BlackBerry devices. The application will be much like
Google Talk for PCs so when users download the client software they'll see
their existing Google Talk contact list, be able to add and alter contacts,
know when contacts are online, and send and receive messages. Users will be
notified on the home screen of the BlackBerry when new messages arrive in
Google Talk.

BlackBerry users can download the application for free but they may be
charged by their mobile operator for data transmitted when using the

Google Talk for BlackBerry is expected to be available in the second

Similar Services

Third-party companies have already developed similar clients for mobile
devices. For example, MessageVine last September launched a Google Talk
instant messaging client for mobile devices, including the BlackBerry. But
MessageVine's product would have been sold to device makers, operators, or

Google also said that Google Local for Mobile is now available on the
BlackBerry. Google Local users can view maps and satellite images and get
directions. Google Local for mobile was introduced to Java-enabled phone
users in November.

Google has made a series of announcements about services for mobile users
over the past year. Last week, Motorola said it would integrate a Google
icon onto many phones that will give users a shortcut to the Google search
engine. Last year, Google created a search mechanism that indexes Web pages
specifically designed for mobile devices.

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