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BlackBerry Partnering With Google To Enhance Android Work

By February 25, 2015BlackBerry, News

Following BlackBerry and Samsung partnering for NOX & BES12 synergy. BlackBerry has added to their security arsenal by extending the joint usability of their security into Android Work as well through BES12. You can read up on the full press release below.

BlackBerry® and Google™ are working closely together to set new standards in enterprise mobile security for organizations deploying Android™ devices.

Press Release:

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, announced today that the Company is working with Google to enableBES12(TM): a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry(R) to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google’s solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications.

Backed by BES12, Android for Work creates a secure, dedicated profile for business data and applications. The BES12 solution will seamlessly integrate with the Android OS to enable platform-level containerization. This will eliminate the need for application wrapping, while providing unhindered access to Google Now and any Android application available on Google Play(TM) that is permitted by an organization’s IT policies.

BES12 will provide organizations with the most secure and flexible way to manage Android for Work. Android for Work smartphones and tablets will be natively managed within the BES12 environment, which streamlines management of all device platforms and deployment models, such as BYOD and COBO, in a single command and control center. Android for Work will be deployable with BES12 either on-premise or in the cloud, and will be supported by BlackBerry’s gold standard of mobile security, scalable architecture and trusted network infrastructure.

“BlackBerry is working with Google to provide customers with solutions they can confidently deploy on all major mobile platforms within their organization,” said Billy Ho, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Products and Value Added Solutions, BlackBerry. “Android for Work with BES12 will provide customers with another option to enhance their mobile security and the productivity of their employees, and the peace of mind that they will not have to relinquish any control over corporate data, sacrifice user experience or introduce more complexity into their environments.”

In addition to announcing BES12 support for Android for Work, BlackBerry has expanded its cross-platform efforts with support for Android through value added services including BBM(TM) Meetings, BBM Protected(TM), VPN Authentication by BlackBerry(R) and WorkLife by BlackBerry(R).

BES12 support for Android for Work will be available for an invite only preview in March and will be available starting in the second quarter of 2015. For additional information, visit www.BlackBerry.com/googleandroid. To learn more about BES12, visit www.BlackBerry.com/bes12.

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  • Mr. Ponder

    The least secure teams up with the most secure. Now, we’ll see who’s emphasis has the greater clout. [

    • Ramsey

      Very good point. As long as Google/ Android don’t take over Blackberry devices.

  • Copernic

    It’s clearly a good news for BlackBerry. First in such partnership they show that bes is not only for BlackBerry device anymore. That sounds good because even if they continue to sell phones they can’t compete in the mass market.. for google it is necessary if they want to impose android in enterprise world (in front of apple/ibm) and In iOt…

  • Lloyd Naylor

    Looking forward to what the implications are for this news in the next podcast.

    • While every BB10 user just wants Google Play services the implications are indeed much more grand for BlackBerry from a service revenue perspective.

    • Martin

      As a BlackBerry user I do not need or want Google services on my BlackBerry, although I understand it would bring more users to the BlackBerry platform. The more the merrier.