It’s an understandable move for the Canadian smartphone maker, which has been known for both its friendliness toward business users and its commitment to security on its phones. BlackBerry joins a handful of other smartphone makers already on the same program, which matches the security bulletins and updates Google rolls out to its Nexus line of devices. The other companies agreeing to provide those updates are Samsung and Silent Circle, the maker of the “Blackphone” security-focused smartphone.
Having OEMs lined up to provide security updates is something that’s important for Google as it tries to push Android into more and more security-conscious business environments. There has been a lot of hay made about security vulnerabilities in the company’s mobile operating system that remain unpatched because of manufacturers and cellular carriers dragging their feet with regards to patching devices.
In addition to all of the announcements, Google is also pushing features it added to Android for Work in the Marshmallow release of its mobile operating system, like the ability to more easily deploy single-use devices, like Android tablets that get used to power kiosks. While businesses and developers have been able to try out the new functionality since the Marshmallow developer preview was released in May, Toy said that Google is now being “more strong” in its promotion of the new features.
All of these announcements add up to the second push in two days that Google has made to try and appeal to business users. The company revealed a group of updates around Apps for Work on Tuesday, including a new set of recommended partner apps that integrate with the online productivity suite.