BlackBerry announced on Friday that it has reached an agreement with Good Technology (a company that is the most complete Secure Mobility Solution for iPhone, Android & Windows Phone) for the purchase of the company for $425 million in cash.
Blackberry is considered one of the major smartphone vendors in the world, specializing in secure communications and mobile productivity. For use on devices made prior to the new Blackberry 10 Operating System (BBOS 7 and earlier), the consumer BlackBerry Internet Service is available in 91 countries worldwide on over 500 mobile service operators using various mobile technologies. As of September 2013, there were 85 million BlackBerry subscribers worldwide. The number dropped steadily down to 46 million in September 2014.Starting in November 2013, BlackBerry Messenger could be run on multiple platforms including Android, iOS and Windows Phone, and up to June 2015 got 260 million new users.
The acquisition of Good Technology is going to help BlackBerry expand its ability to offer a secure mobile platform with applications for any mobile device on any operating system. Good Technology is well grounded in managing devices using Android, Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s iOS software. BlackBerry is looking to combine that experience with its own expertise in both BlackBerry 10 and Android management to offer customers the ability to support the operating system and devices of their choice.
In a press conference with the BlackBerry CEO John Chen, he said “By acquiring Good, BlackBerry will better solve one of the biggest struggles for CIOs today, especially those in regulated industries: securely managing devices across any platform, by providing even stronger cross-platform capabilities our customers will not have to compromise on their choice of operating systems, deployment models or any level of privacy and security.”
Good Technology established in 2000 is a mobile security provider, the company serves more than 6, 000 organizations worldwide in industries such as financial services, aerospace, defense firms, healthcare, manufacturing, energy and utilities, legal, government, and technology. Good Technology started with creating an MP3 expansion module for the Handspring Visor PDA back in 2000. The Visor was the predecessor to the Treo smartphone. In 2006, Motorola acquired Good Technology in order to compete with Research in Motion’s Blackberry product line in the enterprise sector such as the push email, and expressed its intention to continue licensing its technology to other phone manufacturers. Motorola sold off Good Technology in 2009 to rival push email provider, Visto. In 2009 Visto announced that it had renamed itself Good Technology effectively taking the name of the former independent company. In December 2009, Good Technology began supporting iPhone and Android devices. The company launched Good Dynamics, a set of mobile application development tools for enterprise and consumers, in October 2011.
BlackBerry is a line of wireless handheld devices (commonly called smartphones) and services designed and marketed by BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM), the company is based in Canada. The very first RIM device was the Inter@ctive Pager 900, a clamshell-type device that allowed two-way paging, announced on September 18, 1996. After the success of the 900, the Inter@ctive Pager 800 was created for IBM, who bought US$10 million worth of them on February 4, 1998. The next device to be released was the Inter@ctive Pager 950, on August 26, 1998. The very first device to carry the BlackBerry name was the BlackBerry 850, an email pager, released January 19, 1999. Although identical in appearance to the 950, the 850 was the first device to integrate email and the name Inter@ctive Pager was no longer used to brand the device.