BlackBerry announced on Wednesday that Android smartphone owners can download its BlackBerry Hub software, previously only available on the BlackBerry Priv and BlackBerry DTEK50, through the Google Play Store. It’s part of a suite called “BlackBerry Hub+” that includes BlackBerry Hub and a few other applications.
The BlackBerry Hub is a one-stop destination that provides a look at all of your notifications, including those from email, social networks, calendars and more. It’s one of my favorite features on the BlackBerry Priv, since it lets me look at everything in one long list of notifications. Some might find that a little overwhelming, though, so it’s certainly not for everyone. The BlackBerry Hub+ suite also includes BlackBerry Calendar, Password Keeper, Contacts, Tasks, Device Search, Notes and Launcher. Those are all pretty good, but there are also plenty of alternatives on the market.
You should find a 30-day free trial for BlackBerry Hub+ in the Google Play Store; it’ll cost $0.99/month after the trial ends. It supports Android 6.0 devices and newer. BlackBerry said it’s trying to find a way to support Android 5.0 and iOS in the future, too.