BlackBerry Live

The better part of the CrackBerry crew are at BlackBerry Live 2013 this week, and there was a bit of news for Android fans amid the general session. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.1 was announced, which includes support for Android devices. That means your IT guy can roll out apps and lock down BlackBerry devices throughout the company just as easily as it can with any Android devices. 

What's particularly new and interesting is a little something called BlackBerry Secure Work Space. On BlackBerry 10 devices, this is known as Balance. Basically, it provides all of your work data (memos, e-mail, contacts, browser, tasks, and documents) a place to exist securely without needing to VPN. Customized apps can be put into a secure wrapper so they can exist in the same environment as well. 

This BlackBerry Secure Work Space is currently in closed beta, and should be coming out in late June (assuming it's approved for Google Play). There will be a limited-time free upgrade available for companies that are already using a BES, which is a nice touch. 

What's the mix of devices like in your workplace? Are there still a lot of BlackBerry devices around? Admins interesting in checking out the solution can find more information over here.

via: CrackBerry


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BlackBerry announces new Android support in enterprise management suite


wait... let me get this straight... I can buy this phone and continue to run
all the Android apps that I currently have?

kind of having my cake and eating it too?
or having my Android eat the blackberries too?

Incorrect, this has nothing to do with running Android apps on a Blackberry. It's allowing the new version of Blackberry Enterprise Server (or whatever they're calling it now) to manage work email and security policies for both blackberry and non-blackberry smartphones (when it used to be only blackberries), in a corporate managed environment.

What Blackberry is doing is making sure that your businesses IT Department can still use Blackberry's back end with newer Android devices that will inevitably enter their domain.
They are doing what Google did to IOS.
(You may use someone else's device, but you're still on our service platform.)

Blackberry is doing the smart thing: leveraging its own secure network with non-BB devices by providing software to let the latter work with the former. Their network and the security it provides are their real competitive advantage.

100% correct. I work for government and we are (obviously) a BlackBerry shop. We are trying to move toward BYOD, but this will help us tremendously. Excellent play by BlackBerry.

i think they are shifting to services like IBM. which worked out great for IBM since PC business is slowing down.