BlackBerry is teaming up with Google to enable the tech titan’s Android for Work to run on BES12, the Canadian Smartphone maker’s cross-platform EMM solution.
The deal comes just months after BlackBerry announced a lucrative deal with Samsung through which the Waterloo, Ont. firm will be able to extend the reach of its new mobile security platform.
The BlackBerry and Samsung deal brings “a tightly integrated, end-to-end secure solution” for Android-run Galaxy Smartphones and tablets embedded with Samsung KNOX.
BlackBerry’s new deal with Google is similar.
The integration of BlackBerry’s BES12 solution with the Android OS will “natively manage” Android for Work streamlining “all device platforms and deployment models, such as BYOD and COBO, in a single command and control center.”
Melding the two technologies will also eliminate the need for application wrapping, while providing unhindered access to Google Now and any Android application available on Google Play.
“BlackBerry is working with Google to provide customers with solutions they can confidently deploy on all major mobile platforms within their organization,” BlackBerry Enterprise Products and Value Added Solutions executive vice-president Billy Ho said in a press release.
“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.”