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BlackBerry-Samsung Parternship To Focus On Mobile Security

11/13/2014 12:55 EST | Updated 01/13/2015 05:59 EST
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen gestures speaks during the BlackBerry Enterprise Portfolio Launch event Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in San Francisco. BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile-security software on its rivals' smartphones and tablets to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
TORONTO - BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) is partnering with rival smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co. in an agreement that will see it provide mobile security technology for the Android operating system.

Starting next year, business customers will have access to software on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets that's linked with BlackBerry's new mobile security software.

BlackBerry chief executive John Chen told investors at an event in San Francisco that BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 will serve as an "anchor" for a plan to rollout more software to users.

It will allow large organizations to manage both older BlackBerrys and more recent versions of its smartphones, as well as smartphones that run software from competitors like Microsoft, Google and Apple.

The BES12 service will be made available on numerous carriers, including Rogers in Canada and Vodaphone in the United Kingdom.

BlackBerry is in the midst of a turnaround plan that has involved Chen scaling back the size of the company while refocusing its priorities on corporate clients, rather than the consumer market.

Shares in the company were 4.5 per cent higher near midday, rising 57 cents to $13.33 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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