The Globe and Mail reports in its Friday edition Research in Motion is bringing more functionality to the security services it already offers for Apple's iOS devices and smart phones running Google's Android software.
The Globe's Iain Marlow writes that for years, RIM has provided IT departments with software to manage BlackBerrys securely and has gradually started offering similar services to more Android devices and iPhones as the rival devices became more popular in the workplace.
On Thursday, RIM said it is bringing a new feature to managed iOS and Android devices some time in the next few months that functions like the "BlackBerry Balance" feature already available on the company's new BlackBerry 10 phones.
The new feature, called Secure Work Space, allows users to toggle between a secure corporate side of the phone and a personal side, giving Android- and iPhone-toting employees the ability to use their devices while keeping corporate data safe. RIM, of course, is trying to retain customers on the lucrative service side of its business as many companies swap out BlackBerrys for iPhones and RIM launches its make-or-break BlackBerry 10 platform. RIM shares closed Thursday at $15.41, down 56 cents.