BlackBerry Hub+ arrives on Android with an iOS version in the works

CANADIAN PHONE FIRM BlackBerry has announced that the BlackBerry Hub+ app is now available on all devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

  • BlackBerry Hub+ Services coming to the Google Play Store
  • Includes BlackBerry Hub, Calendar and Password Keeper plus other apps
  • Compatible with phones running Android Marshmallow
  • 30 day free trial initially then monthly subscription or ad-based

This marks the “first pure software offering from the new Mobility Solutions Group”, BlackBerry said, and is part of the firm’s plan to become a software-first company.

For those unaware, the Hub+ app comprises a suite of BlackBerry applications including Hub, a unified inbox for emails, messages and social media posts; Password Keeper, an app that stores all passwords and log-in details; Launcher, which turns ‘multi-step actions’ such as sending an email or calling a friend into one-click tasks; and Device Search, the firm’s universal search bar. It integrates services like Instagram, Slack, SMS and WhatsApp, enabling you to respond to and check notifications from multiple sources all without leaving the hub.

Ralph Pini, chief operating officer and general manager of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions, said: “An important initiative of the Mobility Solutions unit is a software strategy that combines BlackBerry’s strength in security, engineering savvy and device experience.

“The result is the ability to extend the best of BlackBerry’s secure communications and productivity features to any Android M consumer, enterprise or government customer.

“Our customers have always raved about the unique experience of our proprietary productivity apps, such as the BlackBerry Hub, calendar and contacts, among others.

“I’m excited that we’re now able to offer these amazing features to all Android users that demand the most out of their smartphones.”

From today you can download a trial version of Hub+ from Google Play. After using it for 30 days, you can then either use it for free and have an ad-supported version, or you can choose to subscribe to the entire suite of apps. UK pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but it will cost 99 cents per month in the US.

To download, head to the Google Play Store on your device and search for “BlackBerry Hub+”. Once you’ve done that, you’ll get an app icon on your home screen. Tap on the icon, then hit “Apps by BlackBerry” to install all the applications available in the suite, or just select the ones you want to download. If you don’t see the suite available in the Play Store yet, hang tight, it should be available within the next few hours.

BlackBerry Hub+ being compatible only with Marshmallow devices means that just 15 per cent of Android users are currently able to run it.

However, BlackBerry said that it will soon include support for Android 5.0 Lollipop and is “investigating” the possibility of an iOS app.

BlackBerry announced its latest Android device, the BlackBerry DTEK50, last week, billing it as the “world’s most secure” Android smartphone.

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