CANADIAN PHONE FIRM BlackBerry has announced that the BlackBerry Hub+ app is now available on all devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
This marks the "first pure software offering from the new Mobility Solutions Group", BlackBerry said, and is part of the firm's plan to become a software-first company.
The Hub+ app comprises a suite of BlackBerry applications including Hub, a unified inbox for emails, messages and social media posts; Password Keeper, an app that stores all passwords and log-in details; Launcher, which turns 'multi-step actions' such as sending an email or calling a friend into one-click tasks; and Device Search, the firm's universal search bar.
Ralph Pini, chief operating officer and general manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions, said: "An important initiative of the Mobility Solutions unit is a software strategy that combines BlackBerry’s strength in security, engineering savvy and device experience.
"The result is the ability to extend the best of BlackBerry’s secure communications and productivity features to any Android M consumer, enterprise or government customer.
"Our customers have always raved about the unique experience of our proprietary productivity apps, such as the BlackBerry Hub, calendar and contacts, among others.
"I’m excited that we’re now able to offer these amazing features to all Android users that demand the most out of their smartphones."
BlackBerry Hub+ can be downloaded from Google Play for free. It can be used for a month free of charge, after which there are options for an ad-based version or a subscription model for 99c a month with additional features including contacts, tasks, device search, notes and launcher.
BlackBerry Hub+ being compatible only with Marshmallow devices means that just 15 per cent of Android users are currently able to run it.
However, BlackBerry said that it will soon include support for Android 5.0 Lollipop and is "investigating" the possibility of an iOS app.
This claim came just a week after BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that Google's operating system "lags behind" BlackBerry 10 in terms of security. µ
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