Today, Research in Motion announced that its BlackBerry devices will now support instant messaging and Google Local
. The addition of Google Talk for BlackBerry is especially nice, given that some of the smart phones have been limited to the proprietary BlackBerry Messenger. Now, users can instantly chat with other Google Talk buddies (as long as they have a Gmail
account), see when they're online, copy conversation text into memory, and more. Google Talk for BlackBerry is expected to be available in spring as a free download, but data service rates may still apply for any downloads using the application.
Google Local brings maps and satellite images right to your BlackBerry, allowing you to find local businesses and get driving directions. There's even a "click to call" feature, and it will save previous addresses for quick access. Google Local for mobile is available now for download.