There have been rumors floating around for some time that Google and RIM were working on a plugin for GMail that would bring additional features to BlackBerry users that have Gmail accounts such as:
- Add and remove labels and stars on email messages
- Report spam email messages
- Perform local and remote searches
- Archive email messages
- View related email messages as a single conversation (threaded view)
With the Enhanced Google Mail Plugin for BlackBerry Smartphones, these rumors are now a reality.
The Enhanced Google Mail™ plug-in for BlackBerry® smartphones introduces an advanced level of email service integration for BlackBerry smartphones. It supports additional Google Mail™ features that provide BlackBerry® Internet Service subscribers with broader access to their Google Mail accounts while on the go. The Enhanced Google Mail plug-in is optional. Existing and new Google Mail integrations will continue to function without it.
The only downside to this plugin is that synchronization is one way, working only from the BlackBerry to the Gmail web interface. Changes made in the web interface will not be reflected on you your device.
Even still, the Enhanced Gmail Plugin for BlackBerry Smartphones is a huge step forward over standard BIS Gmail support and I recommend that BlackBerry users setting up a new Gmail account on their device use it.
To get the plugin, just point your device to http://blackberry.com/gmail.