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RIM BlackBerry services come to Android and Apple devices

Canadian email mobile phone manufacturer Research In Motion has announced BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, which is a mobile device management service for smartphones and tablets that can manage Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems based devices, besides just BlackBerry products.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion builds on from RIM's enterprise mobile management solutions, which now encompasses nearly every key mobile phone OS - apart from Windows Phone 7.

This announcement from the email handset and tablet maker brings together version 5.0.3 of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server for their smartphones, with new management capabilities for PlayBook tablets and the addition of the device management of smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS operating systems.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion offers services such as asset and configuration management; security and policy definition; user and group based administration; application, software and connectivity management; the ability to secure and protect lost or stolen devices, with remote lock and wipe - all from a centralised console.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is currently in early beta testing with enterprise customers, whilst RIM is now accepting customer nominations for a closed beta program which will start in January - with general availability expected in late March.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.