Google to stop offering Gmail app to BlackBerry

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San Francisco, Nov 10: World's Internet search engine giant and the maker of Android software for mobile phones, Google Inc will soon stop supporting the Gmail application for its major competitor BlackBerry smartphones.

Mountain View, a California-based company said in their blog that the app for Google's Web-based email will no longer be available as of Nov 22. However, users may continue to use the app if already downloaded, Google said.

Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) has been suffering from loss in smartphone market share as customers increasingly opted for Android devices or Apple Inc's iPhone. The development comes after Google launched a similar app for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices last week.

"Google's move is an inconvenience for BlackBerry users with a Gmail account who want to access those messages on the go and also a signal to RIM more than anything else," said analyst Roger Entner.

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