BlackBerry has been finding it hard to compete against the likes Samsung and Apple in terms of sales numbers and is slowly shifting its focus from smartphones to its services. The Canadian company has now launched a service called Secure Work Space , which allows administrators to manage and secure Android and iOS device in their network, Reuters reports. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
The Secure Work Space service will use BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10 to manage these devices and will use an encrypted method to keep work and play separate on an employee s device. BES 10 was unveiled back in January this year and according to Reuters, has been installed more than 18,000 times and is being used by around 60 percent of Fortune-500 companies in US.
Talking to Reuters, BlackBerry s Dan Smith said, With an integrated management console, our clients can now see all of the devices they have on their network, manage those devices and connect to them securely. We now also have a secure work space on Android and iOS that allows our clients to secure and manage data on those devices as well.
BlackBerry has been quite active this year launching high-end devices like the Z10 and the Q10, alongside its latest OS BlackBerry 10. It followed up by unveiling a budget phone called the Q5 and is now planning to port its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to Android and Apple devices in the coming months.