BlackBerry announced today it will be joining Google’s Android for Work program to help extend BES12’s reach even further. This partnership will allow BES12 to manage devices that are running Android Lollipop that are equipped with the advanced security features found in Android for Work.
Thanks to this joint effort, Android for Work will create a secure, safe profile for business data and apps. Security has always been BlackBerry’s focus, so now they’re lending Google a hand in that space as well.
This is absolutely huge news for BlackBerry, and also for Google who will now be able to more confidently say their Android smartphones that use Android for Work are secure, and can be used in high level capacities. Check out the full press release below.
BlackBerry Works With Google to Enhance Mobile Security and User Experience
BlackBerry to reinforce cross-platform capabilities as a preferred EMM provider of Android for Work
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – February 25, 2015) – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, announced today that the Company is working with Google to enable BES12™: a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry® 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™ 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™ Meetings, BBM Protected™, VPN Authentication by BlackBerry® and WorkLife by BlackBerry®.
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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