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We have some exciting news for people who are using Android, but still miss the good old BlackBerry days and the features they used to love so much. BlackBerry has come up with its Hub+ suite of applications on Android. So if your device is running Android Marshmallow, you should be able to download the BlackBerry Hub from the Google Play store and have all your social media and mail notifications gathered in one place. But before you try and test out this app, we want to provide you with everything you should know about it. What does it do, how does it work, and is it worth it? These are some the question we are going to be answering today. Let’s begin!
What Is BlackBerry Hub?
In case you are not already familiar with what the BlackBerry Hub is, we wanted to let you know. The BlackBerry Hub is the same Hub that was used on BlackBerry Priv, and it is basically a suite of applications that manage all your data from other apps such as calendar, social media apps, email, contacts, password manager, tasks, note-taking, and even device search. It is the place where you can find them all. You get a unified interface, where you can centralize all your data from other apps. BlackBerry Hub+ (the full name of this app) is the first pure software offered by the developers at Mobility Solutions Group, and it aims to make the fruits of their labor available to more than just people who own a BlackBerry.
How Do I Get the BlackBerry Hub?
Well, you can get the BlackBerry Hub on the Google Play store, but only if your phone supports Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). If you download the trial BlackBerry Hub+, you will get a suite of applications, including BlackBerry Calendar, BlackBerry Hub, and BlackBerry Password Keeper. However, you can only sample the trial for 30 days, after which you will have to get a subscription to the entire suite of apps (Tasks, Contacts, Notes, Device Search, Launcher) for 99 cents a month. Of course, you can always opt for the free version, but keep in mind that you will not be able to escape ads.
The new BlackBerry Hub+ is easy to install. Once you have downloaded the BlackBerry Hub+ Services app from the Google Play store, just click the Hub+ Services app icon that you should be able to find on your home screen, and select “Apps by BlackBerry”. This will install all the suite of applications. If you don’t want all of them, you also have the option to choose which ones to download.
What Does BlackBerry Hub on Android Mean?
The fact that BlackBerry has decided to allow people who have an Android phone to download the BlackBerry Hub+ means that they want as many people as possible to benefit from the years of work they’ve put into developing this software. Since BlackBerry doesn’t have a lot of devices available anymore, and the sales seem to not be at their best, introducing BlackBerry Hub to Android devices makes sure that many more users will be able to sample their software, and, who knows, maybe even subscribe to it. The real success of this endeavor will be clear only after we find out how many people are willing to pay 99 cents per month for a subscription to BlackBerry Hub.
But what should you do if you don’t have an Android running on Marshmallow, yet you still want to sample the BlackBerry Hub? First of all, you should know that not even all Android devices with Android 6.0 are able to run the software. However, the company is constantly working on increasing the number of devices that have access to the BlackBerry Hub. Even more so, they are working on allowing the app to be run by devices carrying Android 5.0, and even iOS.
This new software from BlackBerry is only one of the steps the company is clearly taking towards software developing, more so than device sales. Making such a consumer-accessible app will clearly be another source of revenue for BlackBerry, apart from their business-targeted device-management services. Moreover, it is a new chance to make the company name stay relevant.
Should You Try It Out?
Are you one of the people who did own a BlackBerry and is nostalgic about the features that it used to have? Then you should definitely give BlackBerry Hub+ a try. We can only speculate that this software’s developers are counting on other people that are just like you. People who want to be able to use those BlackBerry features on their new Android phone.
But you might just as well never have used a BlackBerry and still want to sample those features. Now you have the chance with the new BlackBerry Hub+. And the good news is that you can try them out for free. One month should be enough for you to realize if this is something you want to spend 99 cents a month on or not.
Summing Everything Up
BlackBerry Hub was definitely one of the most loved features in the old BlackBerry devices. People who got the chance to use it swear that it is definitely worth trying. Since it gathers all your communication data into one unified interface, it is not hard to see why it has become one of those features that you just can’t shake.
But is it worth paying a monthly subscription for it, when there are plenty of other similar apps that you can find on Google Play for free, or that are already installed in your Android phone? Only you can tell. If you’ve been a big fan of the BlackBerry Hub in the past, then the answer is probably yes. If you’re only sampling it now, it is up to the software to sweep you away and determine you to subscribe.