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Google Mobile Updater for Blackberry Released

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Google has released the Google Mobile Updater for the Blackberry, a small bit of software that keeps an eye on Google applications and helps you install updates to them as necessary.

Right now it works with the only real Google applications for the Blackberry, Gmail and Maps, as well as giving you the ability to add icons for Search, News, Picasa and Reader to the app launcher, but over time it would become ground central for Google’s expansion into the mobile space.

Presumably, Google is building this program for all platforms (Windows Mobile, Palm, Java) and just got the Blackberry version out first. With an updater on every device, Google has the means to promote new products to existing users and grow market share very quickly, and they know it. Don’t be surprised to see this become a cornerstone of Google’s mobile strategy.

A seperate question: Do you think Google should build an Android application runtime for other mobile platforms? Is it advantageous to Google to enable Android apps to run on Windows Mobile, or Java, or Palm, or should they lock Android down to Android phones?


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