Implementing Google Wave open source code on BlackBerry

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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.

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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?

  • http://my.opera.com/cpuking2007/blog John DeBusk

    wave is to Gmail as project Natal is to xbox 360….. Great Stuff!!

  • http://my.opera.com/cpuking2007/blog John DeBusk

    wave is to Gmail as project Natal is to xbox 360….. Great Stuff!!

  • http://brucewagner.com/ Bruce Wagner

    Anyone actually doing this development yet…?

    Come discuss wave with us in more depth…. at http://DiscussWave.com

    :)

  • http://brucewagner.com/ Bruce Wagner

    Anyone actually doing this development yet…?

    Come discuss wave with us in more depth…. at http://DiscussWave.com

    :)

  • http://brucewagner.com Bruce Wagner

    Anyone actually doing this development yet…?

    Come discuss wave with us in more depth…. at http://DiscussWave.com

    :)

  • DavidB

    Well, if Wave needs HTML 5 and a decent web browser, forget it taking off on BlackBerry unless RIM massively overhauls their browser.

  • DavidB

    Well, if Wave needs HTML 5 and a decent web browser, forget it taking off on BlackBerry unless RIM massively overhauls their browser.

  • http://www.GoogleWaveCommunity.com/ Google Wave Community

    We, a group of fresh tech graduates and open source enthusiasts from India, have just launched a forum for Google Wave Community. Hereby requesting you and all those who are reading this message to join us to look for a better collaborative approach for Open Source implementation of Google Wave.

    Forum : http://www.GoogleWaveCommunity.com/forum

    …Hope you all will join us

  • http://www.GoogleWaveCommunity.com Google Wave Community

    We, a group of fresh tech graduates and open source enthusiasts from India, have just launched a forum for Google Wave Community. Hereby requesting you and all those who are reading this message to join us to look for a better collaborative approach for Open Source implementation of Google Wave.

    Forum : http://www.GoogleWaveCommunity.com/forum

    …Hope you all will join us

  • http://www.rockangel.co.uk/ Hannah

    I’d definitely try it – I agree with Google Maps over BB maps – it’s quicker, better detail and I found out the other day that it has street view!

  • http://www.rockangel.co.uk Hannah

    I’d definitely try it – I agree with Google Maps over BB maps – it’s quicker, better detail and I found out the other day that it has street view!

  • Mark

    Well I cam here trying to find out how I can use google wave on my 8100 so if there is any development taking place I’d be keen to know more.

  • Mark

    Well I cam here trying to find out how I can use google wave on my 8100 so if there is any development taking place I’d be keen to know more.

  • Jeff

    Yeah it would be nice to see wave get devolped for BB. Even google gmail app works a lot better and more effeciently than the in phone email options plus it is more visually appealing.

  • Jeff

    Yeah it would be nice to see wave get devolped for BB. Even google gmail app works a lot better and more effeciently than the in phone email options plus it is more visually appealing.

  • http://www.ethicalforeclosure.com/ William

    Would we use Wave on our Tour’s? Simply HELL YES and we will add we hope that RIM can make the Blackberry even more web enabled, hopefully with a newer touch screen in the future as the storm / storm2 was really a joke in functionality compared to the Palm Pre, HTC’s new models and even dare I say it the iPhone. A higher res and larger screen with great gesture and contact touch will be required for RIM to really dominate in the Biz sector for mobile employee / salesmen and marketers.

  • http://www.ethicalforeclosure.com/ William

    Would we use Wave on our Tour’s? Simply HELL YES and we will add we hope that RIM can make the Blackberry even more web enabled, hopefully with a newer touch screen in the future as the storm / storm2 was really a joke in functionality compared to the Palm Pre, HTC’s new models and even dare I say it the iPhone. A higher res and larger screen with great gesture and contact touch will be required for RIM to really dominate in the Biz sector for mobile employee / salesmen and marketers.

  • http://www.ethicalforeclosure.com William

    Would we use Wave on our Tour’s? Simply HELL YES and we will add we hope that RIM can make the Blackberry even more web enabled, hopefully with a newer touch screen in the future as the storm / storm2 was really a joke in functionality compared to the Palm Pre, HTC’s new models and even dare I say it the iPhone. A higher res and larger screen with great gesture and contact touch will be required for RIM to really dominate in the Biz sector for mobile employee / salesmen and marketers.