Blackberry plans security feature for Android and iPhone platforms

Blackberry plans security feature for Android and iPhone platforms

Blackberry has announced that it will offer technology to separate and secure work and personal data for mobile devices powered by Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone systems.

The new feature called Secure Work Space will be available before the end of June and managed through Blackberry Enterprise Service 10, the platform that allows the company’s corporate and government clients to use different operating systems on their networks.

It is hoped the move will encourage large customers to carry on using Blackberry services to manage their networks, even though employees use them as personal devices, which could cause security breaches.

Blackberry face fierce competition on the smartphone market from devices like Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy range and other devices linked to the Android operating system. To increase profitability Blackberry introduced a new line of smartphones powered by the Blackberry 10 operating system. The touch screen version, the Z10, is available in 20 countries but Q10 device will not be on sale until April.

Balance is the latest feature to be on these new devices and has the ability to keep corporate and personal data separate. It allows information technology deparments to manage corporate content on a device while ensuring privacy for users, who can store apps and content on the same phone.

Speaking about the Balance and the Secure Work Space David Smith, head of mobile enterprising at Blackberry said that they were "extending as many of these features as possible to other platforms" in a statement earlier.

Giving its substantial amount of corporate and government clients the ability to manage Blackberry devices along with Android smartphones and iPhone, may encourage its clients to continue to pay and use Blackberry’s device management services.

Last week chief executive officer Thorsten Heins said sales of the Z10 had surpassed Blackberry’s expectations in emerging markets like India, where cheaper devices are usually more popular.