BlackBerry is helping Google make more secure Android devices

BlackBerry's world famous security is coming to Android. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

BlackBerry’s world famous security is coming to Android. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

BlackBerry may be struggling to attract smartphone users to its own BlackBerry 10 platform, but it may have more success helping others improve theirs. The Canadian company today announced that it is now working with Google to make Android devices more secure.

BlackBerry has long been famous for its super secure software and devices, and it likely wouldn’t still be here today were it not for those things. The vast majority of the company’s users are enterprise customers who rely on its secure services.

But in an effort to stay alive, BlackBerry is now selling its “highly secure mobility solution” to third parties. It joined forces with Samsung last November to extend its management and security platform to Galaxy devices, and now it is working with Google.

BlackBerry’s BES12 cross-platform EMM solution will manage devices with Android for Work, Google’s container solution to securely separate business and personal data and apps.

Android for Work lets you use one smartphone, but separates your personal and professional apps and data to ensure it is secure. The Android for Work app delivers things like emails, calendar updates, and documents to approved work apps, then ensures the data within those cannot be shared with personal apps installed on the device.

As part of the partnership, BlackBerry has also added Android support to BBM Meetings, BBM Protected, VPN Authentication by BlackBerry, and WorkLife by BlackBerry. BES12 for Android will be available in the second quarter of 2015.