BlackBerry announced plans to buy Good Technology for $425 million in cash on Friday. The deal should help the Canadian phone-maker expand its enterprise services across more platforms, including iOS and Android.
One of Good Technology’s key offerings is its Good Collaboration Suite, which includes business focused apps for calendar, email, messaging and document sharing for iOS, Android and Windows. This could give BlackBerry an opportunity to push its own services to Apple fans as well.
BlackBerry already offers BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android, but more apps could be in the works. The company’s rumored Android phone is expected to ship with a handful of in-house services, which could theoretically become available for other non-BlackBerry Android devices as well.
The deal will give the company a quick route onto competing platforms, though it won’t actually be complete until 2016. By then BlackBerry may already offer a few more of its own apps for iPhones and Android devices.