Though consumer response to BlackBerry’s OS10 has been tepid at best, the ailing smartphone is still fairly prevalent in corporate America. Why? BlackBerry is the leader when it comes to mobile security. From built-in protection to authentication to device wipe, BlackBerry is miles ahead of the competition when it comes to safe-guarding user data – a critical feature for businesses. In addition – and especially for commercial real estate organizations – there’s a history and familiarity with maintenance and engineering staff users that further delays a company-wide switch to an iPhone or Android platform.
So before you jump on the “BlackBerry-is-dead” bandwagon, you might want to consider your options. CIO.com compiled a list of features that BB OS10 offers which iPhone doesn’t – more evidence that despite BlackBerry’s shrinking market share, the company is still innovating and although they may be acquired in the near future, it’s unlikely that disappear any time soon.
Here are our top five picks from CIO.com’s list:
- Micro HDMI Out, Standard Charging Ports. “Unlike any of Apple’s products, the BlackBerry Z10 has standard charging ports. That means you can use any microUSB power cord or sync cable you may have on hand. And you get access to a larger number of third-party accessories that aren’t necessary built just for the Z10 and, therefore, are often cheaper than Apple-specific cords and accessories.”
- TimeShift Camera. “TimeShift takes a rapid series of images and lets you isolate the faces of the subjects in your photos. You can then tap the faces in the picture and “fast forward” or “rewind” them to find the best facial expressions.”
- Expandable Storage up to 64GB. “The BlackBerry Z10 supports microSD memory cards up to 64GB, which boosts the device’s overall storage capacity to 80GB at a time.”
- Removable Battery. “You can swap out the BlackBerry Z10’s 1800-mAh battery and purchase additional ones.”
- Runs Android Apps. “The BlackBerry Z10 and its BlackBerry 10 OS may have only a fraction of the applications as iOS, but the Z10 can run not only native BlackBerry apps, but also repackaged or “ported” Android apps. Some official versions of ported Android apps are available in the BlackBerry World app store, but many more can be found online and then manually sideloaded onto your device.”
Recognizing the unpredictable nature of the smartphone market, and the data that shows organizations typically operate on multiple platforms, Building Engines stands by our “all features, all platforms” promise. We recently launched BE-Mobile for BB OS10, demonstrating that when we say BE-Mobile is accessible on all devices, we mean it. Furthermore, we provide the broadest platform support of anyone in the CRE industry. This is essential for today’s businesses, where Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies are on the rise.
Currently 44 percent of CRE organizations operate on a mixed platform of devices, with 49 percent of employees using a personal device for work. Gartner reported that by 2017, 50 percent of companies are projected to demand employees BYOD.