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Gateway to Google

Quickly access Google Search, Gmail, Maps, and other Google Web apps from your BlackBerry.

A vast improvement on its BlackBerry predecessor, Google Mobile App is primarily a search app that also serves as a portal to other Google Web apps. It's anchored by a search bar, with a string of icons marching along the top. Click one to download or launch native Google apps like Gmail and maps, or to jump to mobile Web sites for the panoply of Google apps.

Warmly welcomed are autocomplete search suggestions, the capability to scroll through search history, and the capability to edit a misspelled search term and begin a new search. A My Location feature that uses your GPS or cell tower triangulation helps localize search results.

A new feature lets you search local phone content in addition to the Web. Type or speak a few letters of a keyword or name and Google will also scour your BlackBerry address book and in-box to return contact info and e-mail messages.

It's disappointing, however, that most of the Google apps remain Web-based and have not merited a native application of their own--a disadvantage since the pages open by default in BlackBerry's bare-bones browser, with its questionable readability.

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