BlackBerry are a business that have undergone significant changes in the last decade. BlackBerry smartphones were once the standard device for business use and had started making inroads into the consumer market, when the company were completely wrong-footed by the adoption of the touchscreen interface compared with the physical keyboard that many of their devices used. The business bought QNX and used this as the basis for the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which offers a smooth, usable interface combined with the ability to sideload and run Android applications combined with Blackberry’s expertise in security. The new Chief Executive Officer, John Chen, has been reinventing itself as something of a security expert and today I bring you the news that this expertise has been recognized by Google: BlackBerry have announced it is to partner Google to help make Android devices used in the enterprise environment more secure than ever.
For Google, BlackBerry’s reputation and security expertise will help keep Android relevant for big business, where bring your own device (BYOD) is an increasingly popular choice for employees. Security is often seen as Android’s weakness compared with other platforms, which is as much about Google’s mobile operating system being flexible and Apple’s misguided, bitter statements on the matter.
Traditionalist Abbott keeps BlackBerry as PM’s department prefers iPhone
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is one of just a few ministers in the Australian government reportedly still using a BlackBerry phone, while his department has said it only issues iPhones now. While the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet now only issues iPhones, one hold out from moving away from BlackBerry is the Prime Minister himself, while most government agencies are leaning towards iPhone or Android as the standard-issue device for ministers.