BlackBerry launches software licensing programme
By Digital News Asia August 15, 2016
- BlackBerry Hub+ offers Android users a range of productivity apps
- Apps include calendar, contacts, notes, tasks, device search, etc.
CANADA’S BlackBerry Ltd has announced a software licensing programme for its Mobility Solutions business with the introduction of the BlackBerry Hub+ for Android.
BlackBerry Hub+ makes a suite of productivity and communications applications available for Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphones, the company said in a statement.
The Mobility Solutions unit manages the BlackBerry smartphone business and the development of device software offerings, including maximising the best of BlackBerry 10 software features and making them accessible on other platforms, it added.
“An important initiative of the Mobility Solutions unit is a software strategy that combines BlackBerry’s strength in security, engineering savvy and device experience,” said the unit’s chief operating officer and general manager Ralph Pini.
“The result – the ability to extend the best of BlackBerry’s secure communications and productivity features to any Android Marshmallow consumer, enterprise or government customer,” he claimed.
BlackBerry Hub+ applications include the BlackBerry Hub, calendar, contacts, notes, tasks, device search, launcher and password keeper applications for Android smartphones.
Users can download a free trial from Google Play and access BlackBerry Hub+ from any Android device running 6.0 Marshmallow.
The trial includes a suite of applications, including the BlackBerry Hub, calendar and password keeper. After a 30-day trial, users can continue using the apps for free with an ad-based experience, or subscribe to the entire suite of apps for US$0.99 a month, which will include additional features: contacts, tasks, device search, notes and launcher.
Additionally, users can choose to download the full suite from Google Play or just pick their favourite apps.
For users on BlackBerry 10, Priv and DTek50, all of these apps come fully integrated for a seamless out of the box experience, the company said.
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