BlackBerry has a reputation for offering business-friendly smartphones with strong security, support, and other features that made the company’s handsets popular with enterprise users… until the iPhone and Android phones started to dominate the mobile space.
While BlackBerry is still around, the company is shifting its focus. In addition to developing its own hardware and operating system, the company is working with partners to offer communication and security software for other platforms including Android, iOS, and Windows.
Now BlackBerry has announced a partnership with Google to ensure that Android devices are ready for enterprise use.
BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 (BES12)offers encryption, app wrapping, and other features which help keep a business’s data safe while running on an Android phone, while allowing IT administrators to manage a group of devices from one console.
Meanwhile users can run Google’s Android Lollipop software on their phones, allowing them to run the same software that’d be available on a device that doesn’t include BES12 support.
Blackberry has also worked with Samsung to introduce the SecuTABLET, which is an Android tablet with BlackBerry security features. And there are reports that BlackBerry could ship phones that run Android in the future.