Everything BlackBerry on Android! We'll have that!

Even though devices like the Priv and DTEK50 let users experience Android and BlackBerry's security at the same time, BlackBerry today launched the BlackBerry® Hub+ for Android to let you experience the BlackBerry Hub in any Android phone running Marshmallow OS.

BlackBerry® Hub+ for Android will be free to use for the first 30 days but you will be able to use it indefinitely if you don't mind the advertisements.

If you would like to get a feel of the BlackBerry® Hub+ for Android, you can download a free trial version from the Google Play Store and use it for 30 days, post which you can continue to use it with ad support forever or purchase the ad-free version for just 99 cents a month. Even though it will take up a bit of storage on your handset, the Hub will let you communicate effortlessly using a range of applications on offer from BlackBerry.

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Among the services that the BlackBerry® Hub+ for Android will bring to you is the Hub itself which will let you compose emails and posts on social media, respond to messages, select email recipients from phone contacts, manage your folders and search for contacts, messages and emails effortlessly. The service will also include a Calendar, a password keeper, a place to save all your contacts, a task manager, a device search mechanism to search for emails, contacts, messages or songs, a Note keeper and a BlackBerry launcher to let you organise apps, widgets and shortcuts.

“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 – the ability to extend the best of BlackBerry’s secure communications and productivity features to any Android M consumer, enterprise or government customer,: said Ralph Pini, CEO and GM of BlackBerry's Mobility Solutions. “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,” he added.

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Apart from enabling global Android users to experience its software solutions, BlackBerry also intends to push through more affordable Android devices into the market to compete effectively with rival Android phone makers. Recently, BlackBerry launched the DTEK50, a £275 phone featuring the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and the proprietary BlackBerry 10 security system.

The BlackBerry DTEK50 comes with added protection against malicious apps, scareware notifications and insecure Wi-Fi connections. The device will also feature Full Enterprise Mobility Management Support along with Android™ for Work and Google Play™ for Work services. Apart from Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, you will also find a range of BlackBerry services in the DTEK50 like BlackBerry Intelligent Keyboard, BlackBerry Hub and a Customizable BlackBerry Convenience Key. DTEK50 is available to pre-order today at Shop.BlackBerry.com and if you pre-order the device before August 8th, you will receive a complimentary BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack along with a portable charger.

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