BlackBerry has decoupled one of the best software features of BlackBerry 10 OS and is now offering it for all Android handsets that are running Marshmallow. You might have heard about BlackBerry Hub which combines social networking, emails, texts, and other accounts in one dashboard. It was previously limited to BB10 OS devices as the company’s Android smartphones but BlackBerry has announced today that the Hub+ is now available for all Android smartphones.
BlackBerry Hub+ is the first software offering from the company’s new Mobility Solutions Group and it goes to show how gradually BlackBerry is making the shift from a hardware to a software company.
Starting today, anyone with an Android device that runs Marshmallow can download a trial version of Hub+ for free from the Google Play Store. The trial includes a suite of Hub+ apps which includes the Hub itself, Calendar as well as Password Keeper.
The trial is only good for 30 days after which users can continue using the entire suite of applications by paying $0.99 per month. The apps include Contacts, Tasks, Notes, Device Search, and Launcher.
BlackBerry has said that it’s working to expand Hub+ to Android 5.0 Lollipop as well and will have more details to share about it in the near future. The company is also looking into delivering the BlackBerry experience on iOS devices.