If you can’t beat them join them. BlackBerry launch Hub+

Recently BlackBerry (once RIM) launched the PRIV and soon the DTEK50 on a secure version of the Android platform. BlackBerry was once one of the leading smartphone companies but have lost out to Android vendors and Apple over the past couple of years with excessive losses. Well as part of their latest Android strategy, BlackBerry have launched Hub+, which is a suite of Blackberry applications which will be available for ALL Android handsets running Marshmallow!

Hub+ includes all the applications that current BlackBerry users enjoy and particular benefit from the security side of the BlackBerry service. Initially, you can use all the applications free for 30 days from Google Play, then you can opt for the free services only with ads or pay $0.99 per month for the premium services with ads. Noticeable free facilities are the BlackBerry Calander and password manager. For those looking to pay the very cheap $0.99, you will also get BlackBerry contacts, Tasks, Device Search, Notes and a BlackBerry Launcher.

“An important initiative of the Mobility Solutions unit is a software strategy that combines BlackBerry’s strength in security, engineering savvy and device experience,” explained Ralph Pini, chief operating officer of BlackBerry’s devices division. “The result – 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, amongst 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.”