Google Plus Would Benefit From More BlackBerry Support

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This has surely happened to you: you’ve tried to “Plus1″ an article for Google Plus but your BlackBerry is not supported. Currently, a Bold 9900 OS 7.1 device gets an error message if you try and +1 an article or website. For a company the size of Google, with its engineer-heavy staff, support for OS 7 should be trivial.

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This shouldn’t happen at Google.

Currently, OS 7 is probably only around 10% of the BlackBerry market. But, BlackBerry 7 devices have better browsers and its users demand a better web experience. Google could capitalize on the BlackBerry 7 user base’s increased web usage and simply optimize the site for BlackBerry. To simply put an error message on the page and ask the user to leave the mobile experience is a lazy engineering decision.

Supporting the latest OS 7 devices isn’t hard and it’s bad for Google’s business to not optimize their mobile products for new devices. Around 10% of BB users are on 7 but that’s not the point. The point is that OS 7 isn’t hard to accomodate and you’re making a bad business out of not supporting the latest mobile devices.

The above comes from the experience of trying to “+1″ the following article:

“A call for angels” – Ottawa Citizen.

  • Kmrdeva

    This is why I have left my g+ account totally idle ever since moving back from an android phone to the bb..

  • http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/1111 Eric at Ebscer

    I tried to sign up for a google plus account about half a year ago, and at the time couldn’t because the email I was using didn’t end in @gmail.com since then I haven’t tried again, because nobody was using it. But as a sign of good faith, if google releases a playbook app, I’ll sign up anyhow…

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    a bad business out of not supporting the latest mobile devices.

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    To simply put an error message on the page and ask the user to leave the mobile experience is a lazy engineering decision. 

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    you try and +1 an article or website. For a company the size of Google,
    with its engineer-heavy staff, support for OS 7 should be trivial.

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    you try and +1 an article or website. For a company the size of Google,
    with its engineer-heavy staff, support for OS 7 should be trivial.

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    I haven’t tried again, because nobody was using it. But as a sign of
    good faith, if google releases a playbook app, I’ll sign up anyhow.