BlackBerry to Allow Rivals to Manage BB10 Devices
BlackBerry today announced that it has agreed to allow several other, large mobile device management companies to support its BlackBerry smartphones. Until today, BlackBerry has only allowed its devices to be managed by its own Blackberry Enterprise Services product. BES 10 is a server-based tool licensed by large companies. According to BlackBerry, several companies, including AirWatch, Citrix, and IBM, have expressed interest in managing BlackBerry devices in addition to those running Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Large corporations usually make use of such tools to run fleets of business-owned mobile devices. The change in strategy from BlackBerry marks a shift in its business model and its response to customer feedback. Companies may still use BES to manage Android and iOS devices.
BlackBerry Expands Hub+ to More Android Phones
BlackBerry today made its BlackBerry Hub+ suite of enterprise applications available to a wider range of devices. At the same time, it added five more apps to the suite.
BlackBerry Debuts BES 12.2
BlackBerry today made BES 12.2 available to its business customers. The improved mobile device management platform adds a handful of features, especially those aimed at platforms other than BlackBerry.
BlackBerry Loses Sales Exec
BlackBerry confirmed that Eric Johnson, the executive in charge of sales for business and government customers, has departed the company. BlackBerry's core business is providing device management software to exactly these types of customers.
BlackBerry Shows Off the Priv
BlackBerry today posted some official images of the forthcoming Priv smartphone. The Priv is a vertical slider that runs Android.