BlackBerry updates BES12 for Samsung Knox, Android for Work

BlackBerry is also laying down more tracks for connections to iOS devices with support for the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) for iPhones and iPads.

BlackBerry is rolling out a number of updates for its mobile device management platform, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 (BES12).

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At the core of BES12 version 12.2 are olive branches of sorts to two other major enterprise mobility management services: Android for Work and Samsung Knox.

With Knox, IT managers can use BES12 to deploy Samsung Galaxy devices in work and personal modes as well as Workspace-only mode. For Android, BES12 users access any Android app available on Google Play permitted by a given organization's IT policies.

The BYOD-minded platforms are being woven into the BES12 realm through an integration facilitated by BlackBerry Secure Connect Plus, another BlackBerry app for providing behind-the-firewall access and encryption for corporate data in transit.

BlackBerry is also laying down more tracks for connections to iOS devices with support for the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) for iPhones and iPads.

Jeff Murphy, a senior product marketing manager for BlackBerry's EMM and ID & Access portfolio, explained in a blog post on Wednesday that these updates and integrations are meant to demonstrate how the Canadian mobile company "is continuing to expand its multi-OS capabilities while staying committed to the principles of security and simplicity."

In March, BlackBerry introduced BES12 Cloud, the company's enterprise mobility management as a service play.

Aside from previous dabblings at linking up with Knox, the BES12 cloud edition was set up to help IT departments manage mobile device policies for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry via a browser interface without server installations.