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BIS 3.1 Features and Documentation Published by RIM

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You have probably been enjoying the read/unread Gmail sync that comes with BIS 3.0 and everyone is looking forward to BIS 3.1. RIM has published the documentation for BIS 3.1, and the wireless contact sync features we can expect include:

Wireless Contact Synchronization
Two-way wireless synchronization with Alt-N MDaemon v11 via SyncML, Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail contacts and the Address Book on the BlackBerry smartphone:

  • Synchronize contacts quickly and easily to the BlackBerry smartphone
  • Add or edit Contacts and the Contacts are automatically updated, whether they are updated on the computer or BlackBerry smartphone
    • Note: Wireless contact synchronization with Alt-N, Yahoo! Mail and Windows Live Hotmail occurs every four hours. This means that a delay of up to four hours may occur when making a change on the handheld or on the BlackBerry smartphone.

    Underneath these features in the notes section, RIM has included some very important exceptions to the above features including:

    • Yahoo! Mail Categories/ Windows Live Hotmail Contact Groups/ Alt-N Groups are not supported in this release. Category and/or Contact Group distribution lists will not be synchronized.
    • The use of wireless contact synchronization with Yahoo! Mail and/or Alt-N requires BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 or higher and a Yahoo! Mail and/or Alt-N integration with BlackBerry® Internet Service.
    • The use of wireless contact synchronization with Windows Live Hotmail requires BlackBerry Device Software 6.0 and a Windows Live Hotmail integration with BlackBerry Internet Service.

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    BIS 3.0 2-Way Gmail Sync in EMEA? Let Us Know!

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    We received an email yesterday about EMEA users possibly having 2-way Gmail sync upgrades, and reading around the blogs it seems miBlackBerry are reporting this as well. The comments and forum posts have been a little confused about the situation, as some users think they have it, while others don’t. I thought I would put it out to any EMEA readers and see if they noticed the 2-way Gmail sync. The original tip came from Vodafone Spain.

    Let us know if you’re upgraded and now get 2-way Gmail sync.

    BIS 3.1 Screenshot Confirms Address Book Sync

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    Although we’re hearing rumors that BIS 3.1 and 3.2 are coming with Yahoo!, Gmail and Hotmail sync, it’s always good to see some screenshots that confirm. The most recent leaks show some Address Book sync with Yahoo! confirming that we’ll be seeing this in upcoming BIS versions.
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    BIS 3.0 Coming March 28th with Gmail Sync in Spring 2010

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    We have been talking about the coming BIS 3.0 update for a while now and there has been a lot of speculation as to whether Gmail sync will be included in the update. It seems the BIS 3.0 update will come to North America this weekend, on March 28th, and 2-way Gmail sync will come later, by Spring 2010.

    The official documents tell us exactly when this update will occur:

    • There will be scheduled network maintenance by Research In Motion (RIM) affecting BIS customers between 0100 CT / 0200 EDT on March 28th and 0500 CT / 0600 EDT on March 28th.
    • The estimated duration of impact is 4 hours and affects 100% of BIS customers.

    BIS 3.0 Roundup: Gmail Sync Feature Still Unconfirmed

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    There is a lot going around about the recent announcement of BIS 3.0 and some confusion about whether it will include a Gmail 2-way sync. The first users to get the update were in South-East Asia, with EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) following. Users in these regions have been reporting a lack of Gmail sync leaving North American users wondering if it’s going to happen. The official announcement on the support forums recognizes the existence of Gmail sync via an updated plugin, but this doesn’t seem to be available. The RIM knowledgebase mentions the Gmail plugin, but fails to acknowledge the sync features. This could just be a blunder on the part of whoever wrote the article. Overall, it seems we’re going to see the plugin, but perhaps not until version 3.1. We’ll have to wait for the 3.0 upgrade and see.
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    BIS 3.0 and 3.1 to Feature Better Google Sync and WMA Support

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    A diagram of BIS operation

    BBleaks threw up some more details about BIS 3.0 and I’m personally really looking forward to this. The latest info about BIS 3.0, tells us we’ll see:

    • OpenOffice file support: presentations, text documents and spreadsheets.
    • Support for WMA (Windows Media Audio).

    Previously, we heard BIS 3.0, coming in March of 2010, will improve the Gmail plugin so as to sync deleted, read/unread and sent messages between the messages folder and your Gmail. BIS 3.0 will also include the ability to add and remove labels from your device.

    BIS 3.1, which is rumored to arrive soon after, will feature the ability to:

    • Synchronize Google Calendar
    • Synchronize your address book from Hotmail account
    • Synchronize your address book from Yahoo
    • Yahoo mailbox will cause an automatic download of Yahoo messenger on the device