BlackBerry is returning to the tablet market -- this time with the help of Samsung Electronics, IBM and Secusmart, the German encryption specialist BlackBerry bought last year.
This is not the PlayBook 2 that BlackBerry was rumored to be working on last year, but the SecuTablet, developed by Secusmart and IBM for a German government department.
Blackberry said today it will bring its security, productivity, and communications tools to iOS, Android, and Windows.
In an announcement about the Blackberry Experience Suite made at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Canada’s Blackberry said “we want to empower all mobile professionals in order to supercharge their productivity and allow them to work across all their devices in an effortless and secure way.”
The company said the suite of tools will be released later this year.
BlackBerry announced yesterday that it has appointed David Kleidermacher as its new Chief Security Officer. Kleidermacher is the former CTO of Green Hills Software, a company that calls itself "the largest independent embedded software provider." Kleidermacher joined Green Hills Software in 1991 as a systems software engineer, according to his LinkedIn profile.
BlackBerry is taking the same approach with its Internet of things platform, launched Wednesday at International CES, as it is with its smartphone business: Aim at its core markets.
In IoT, the struggling mobile vendor has found an emerging area of technology where it may have the right combination of strengths. The company signaled as much last May when it announced Project Ion, a future cloud-based service it said would make it easier for enterprises to develop IoT software.
BlackBerry has unveiled its new mobile-device management and security platform and struck wide-ranging partnerships to bolster its capabilities, sending its shares more than 6 per cent higher.
BlackBerry said it would team up with Samsung to provide a "highly secure mobility solution" for Samsung's Android phones. The system couples the Canadian company's device management capability with the KNOX software embedded on Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets, and will be available in early 2015, the companies said.