The rapid rise of Android-based smartphones was a prominent factor in BlackBerry’s profound decline. Now BlackBerry is counting on some Android phones to ensure its future.
BlackBerry announced on Thursday that Samsung would use server and phone management software as well as BlackBerry’s unique global network to improve security for Android phones and tablets aimed at government users.
There is such historic animosity between BlackBerry and Samsung that while making the announcement at an event in San Francisco, John Sims, the president of BlackBerry’s corporate and government services unit, joked about the improbability of executives from both companies sharing a stage, a sentiment echoed by Greg Wade, a vice president of Samsung.
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