BlackBerry bids farewell to its hardware past by acquiring Good

If you had any lingering doubts that BlackBerry’s days as a hardware-first company are over, they’ve just been eliminated. BlackBerry has acquired Good Technology for $425 million, giving it one of the better-known names involved in making smartphones work-friendly. The crew in Waterloo isn’t shy about the reasons behind its move, either. Good is well-known for helping corporations and governments keep tabs on non-BlackBerry platforms, especially iOS. While BlackBerry already has some tools for this, the deal both improves its weak points and gives it a foot in the door at places where Good may be theonly way to secure Android or iOS gear — the firm has certifications that even BlackBerry lacks.

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