BlackBerry released a suite of Android applications last summer under the Hub+ banner that came pre-installed on the company’s own devices, but could be used on other phones as well. BlackBerry is adding to the platform with a screen capture markup app called Notable, now available for the BlackBerry PRIV, DTEK50, and DTEK60, and coming to other phones running at least Android 6.0 Marshmallow at a later date.
Apps like Notable that allow users to scribble and decorate screenshots — and then share their creations with friends — are common on Android, and usually come pre-installed by manufacturers on new devices. What differentiates Notable somewhat is that it integrates tightly with Hub+ services, and can be launched via a swipe gesture or, on BlackBerry devices, the convenience key. If your team is using Hub+ for all its productivity needs, Notable might be the best visual note-taking app for the task.
Having struggled in the business of building their own devices, BlackBerry is counting on services developed by its Mobility Solutions Group to find a way into the Android devices people are already using. It’ll have to fend off the likes of Samsung’s Focus and Microsoft’s Outlook productivity suites to gain a foothold, but the company’s cachet in the professional community might make that an easier task than going to-to-toe with the juggernauts of the mobile hardware industry.