BlackBerry Hub now rolling out to Android devices

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BlackBerry has announced that it has made its entire productivity suite available to Android users.

This follows on from the firm allowing Android Marshmallow users to access its Hub+, which provided them with Hub, Calendar and Password Keeper.

Now Android has launched the rest of its productivity apps – Contacts, Tasks, Device Search, Notes and Launcher – to users of Android devices. It is being offered as a 30-day free trial, followed by a fee of $0.99 (£0.75) each month thereafter.

According to BlackBerry, its Hub, Calendar, Password Keeper and Launcher apps will remain available for free, supported by adverts.

Writing in a blog post, Clara Severino, manager of product management at BlackBerry, said: “Software like the Hub is at the core of the quintessential BlackBerry experience, and is consistently rated as the way to get more things done by enterprise users in every industry.

“Last month, we decided to bring that productivity to other platforms, extending Hub, Calendar, and Password Keeper to one billion people on Android through Hub+, a new subscription service.”

Hub+ will now be available to users running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later. Users with smaller screen sizes and resolutions are also being accommodated, with BlackBerry saying that it has removed some of the initial requirements to allow Hub+ to run on more screen sizes.

As of now, more than 3,000 smartphones can run the Hub+.

BlackBerry has also applied updates to many of its apps across the board. These include Hub, Calendar and Contacts. Hub is now capable of supporting HTML signatures as well as SCEP/Certificate-based authentication. Calendar is now able to offer quick reminders and out-of-office availability.

A Hub widget has also been introduced, which will allow users to select one of three views: all accounts in the Hub, a specific account or a custom view.