Gmail, Google Maps, Opera Mini, YahooGo, GoogleVoice for Blackberry ALX
Please note that all these programs work on a Sprint Blackberry Pearl with firmware 4.3. Users have reported other blackberrys working, but no promises.
I did about 6 hours of searching to get the latest versions of Gmail, GoogleMaps, and Opera Mini on my new Blackberry Pearl v4.3. The internet community was very helpful with getting ALX install files for GoogleMaps and OperaMini, but completely failed on a non-OTA (over the air) new version of Gmail (2.0). Gmail version 1.1 through ALX install was available in a couple places.
I use SERO on Sprint and so I get unlimited data usage, but not on the Blackberry network (that means no Blackberry internet browser, and no blackberry email).
All my installations require an install over USB through Blackberry Desktop Manager with ALX/COD files because the Blackberry internet browser is missing.
I am using a 8130 Pearl with v4.3 and all the linked programs may or may not work on other version of the BB.
To install these programs:
1. unzip each program to a separate folder on your desktop
2. run Blackberry Desktop Manager (I installed mine via the CD that came with the phone)
3. click Application Loader > Next
4. click the Add button and navigate to the folder of the program you want to install. The only file that will show up is the ALX file. Open it. You're done!
Note: you probably want to back up the ZIP's because these files are hard to find.
Gmail 2.0.6 ALX
Google Maps 2.3.2 ALX
Google Maps 3.0.2 JAR
Opera Mini 4.2 ALX
Yahoo!Go 3.0.47 ALX - Created this one myself!
Google Voice 0.1.415 ALX - Created this one myself!
Gmail 2.0.6 for fimrware 4.7 ALX - Created this one myself!
NOTE: Google Maps 3.0.2 includes a .JAR file, not .ALX for installing. All you have to do is copy the whole folder to your media card. Then go to the "Media" app and press the option button (left of trackball). Choose 'explore'. Find the .JAR file and open it. It will install from there.
I am currently looking for the installation files for Facebook, versions lower than 1.5. If you have them let me know! (apparently versions 1.5 & 1.6 don't work on firmware 4.3)
User superm1 has created this amazing thread about getting your blackberry to include MMS and the Blackberry Browser on non BIS/BES phones. Using firmware 4.5, he says you can do "over the air" installations. This eliminates the need to install using USB. When following his instructions, make sure to press ALT + 'S' 'S' 'B' 'E' 'B'
Last edited by spoonjab; 07-19-2009 at 02:14 PM. Reason: Updated GoogleMaps/GoogleVoice version
- 02-17-2009, 10:21 AM #3
thanks for the files! I am on a Sprint SERO plan and have to load with DM. I do however get an error when trying to load the gmail app on my 8830. I get "Error starting googlemail:symbol" "deviceinfol.getsoftwareversion" not found
- CrackBerry Newbie
07-13-2009, 12:09 AM #7
- 5 Posts
Thanks a bunch for posting this. Looking forward to using it. I'm on a BB8310 (Ver 4.5.x) on AT&T. Just disconnected my BB plan for the cheaper generic version. I was also able to install the app on the phone using AppLoader. However, when trying to run it on the phone, both GMail and YahooGO apps popped up w/ a message telling me that I dont have internet access. How does one get around this?
I tested the internet access w/ opera and logicMail. Both work fine. I even uninstalled, then re-installed the apps and did a manual battery disconnect to reboot the phone. I've even disabled my firewall..no luck
- 07-13-2009, 09:16 AM #8
Dear Spoonjab avatar,
You are awesome, your help is unforgettable. I installed google mail, yahoo 3.0 and google maps, all successfully on my Sprint SERO phone, Blackberry Curve 8330m.
Please tell me your favourite charity organization, I will donate $15 on your name.
- 07-15-2009, 12:56 PM #14
- 08-11-2009, 02:49 PM #17
has a link to the Facebook 1.2 files. Downloaded and worked great for me!
I'm new, so i can't post direct links apparently. Add the http in at the beginning.
- 08-29-2009, 01:08 AM #18
I too have a BB 8830 Curve and the SERO plan but I am having such a difficult time installing any of the .alx files (ex. Gmail, GMaps etc.). I have BB OS 4.5.
What is your version. Is my phone defective? I literally cannot install any of the apps from the forum you mentioned you were able to get all the apps from.
Your help is much much appreciated.
- CrackBerry Genius
08-29-2009, 01:59 AM #19
- 2,471 Posts
Isn't there a free PC app called OTA installer??
You install it on your PC, paste the OTA link and it downloads the JAD and COD files from the link to your PC.
You then drag the files to your SD card, then in media>explore find the JAD and it will install on the phone from there... Wouldn't this be easier for those of you without a BB plan and can't do an OTA install??
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- CrackBerry Newbie
08-17-2010, 03:06 AM #23
- 2 Posts
I have a BB8310 without data plan (using GPRS, Vodatfone India), and able to access yahoo mail & other sites throught vodafone live... but cant access GMAIL....
I tried to install Opera Mini but it never allowed me... it says
"The application operette$2dhifi has attemperd to open a connection to a location inside the firewall and outside the fire wall which is not allowed by your IT policy."
Also when i trie to install GoogleMail_2.0.6_for_BB it takes its own sweet time and returns with an error message that I dont have an working data connection...
Could any one help me out?
- CrackBerry User
03-11-2012, 12:38 PM #25
- 71 Posts
You are a life saver. I wiped out my BlackBerry not realizing GMail app had been discontinued. I was freaked out! The native app drives me crazy. Now I have my app back and I hope it continues to work from here on out. Thanks a bunch!~paula