Google recently unveiled its latest open source online collaboration software Google Wave. Google Wave is an HTML 5 application that is a fairly evolutionary step in online communication. While on the Wave, you get threaded conversations, drag and drop media sharing, easy blog publishing and relatively seamless communication with others.
The creators, Lars and Jens Rasmussen, were also the creators of Google Maps. The Google Maps software works really well on BlackBerry and Google Wave could just as easily run on BlackBerry as well. According to Lars Rasmussen, the mobile component of Google Wave required only an additional 5% in engineering. Google Wave for mobile is the same software as the desktop component, it is just another layer.
Currently, RIM is developing its own Collaboration software called BlackBerry Groups. The software is a simple way of sharing tasks, messages, location, chat, calendar and contacts. We’ve already seen an attempt at this software when BlackBerry Unite launched but the project had very little success.
It’s possible that we will see Google Wave come to BlackBerry before RIM launches Google Groups. Whether one will be far superior to the other can’t be determined now, but enterprise may jump on the first available mobile solution. If Google Maps is any indication, then I may be inclined to go with the Google solution. Personally, I will choose Google Maps over BlackBerry Maps any day.
Google Wave could be rolled out in an organization, deployed via the BES and immediately connect employees on the Wave. From there, employees could work on projects from their BlackBerry devices, sharing media and conversations seamlessly.
The software is proven to work on touchscreen devices, and would therefore be an easy port to the BlackBerry Storm. Other BlackBerry devices would use a combination of trackball and menu options to navigate Google Wave. This would potentially be a much more powerful Google Wave experience, as communication is more efficient on a QWERTY keypad versus the touchscreen keypad.
Not much is known about BlackBerry Groups, but one advantage BlackBerry Groups may have is security. It’s not clear whether Google Wave can provide a level of security acceptable for many organizations to adopt. Whatever collaboration software we see from RIM, we can be assured it will provide collaboration over the highest grade of encryption.
Would you use Google Wave on your BlackBerry?