BlackBerry Hub released for all Android Marshmallow devices
Includes BlackBerry Hub, Calendar and Password Keeper plus other apps
BlackBerry has today announced that it’s making its Hub software available for all Android devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or newer. The Hub, which combines email, messaging, social networking, and other accounts together in one dashboard, was previously only available on BlackBerry’s own Android and BlackBerry 10 devices, such as the Priv or the newly released DTEK50.
The deal includes the Hub message aggregator, BlackBerry’s eponymous Android Launcher, Device Search, and PIM apps including Calendar, Notes, Tasks and Password Keeper. All will be available free with adverts, or via a paltry 99-cents-a-month subscription. It’s hard to think of an Android out there that won’t be improved by the package. Though BlackBerry Keyboard has not been included here.
The company says this is just the first software service from its new Mobility Solutions Group and that more are in the works. BlackBerry also says that it is working to make the Hub+ available for Android Lollipop devices, as well.
BlackBerry’s Hub was a hallmark feature of its QNX-based BlackBerry 10 platform when it launched in January 2013, aggregating emails, calls, text and IM messages. The Android version debuted with the Priv last year. Fundamentally, it’s an email client (one that includes support for BES email) that captures and processes Android notifications, ,currently supporting SMS, social media and Slack. It isn’t quite as full-featured as its older BB10 sibling, which includes a full SMS client.