BlackBerry Ltd. introduced a modified Samsung tablet computer that lets government and corporate users make use of popular applications such as YouTube and WhatsApp while keeping work-related information confidential, Bloomberg reported.
The 2,250 euro (US$2,360) SecuTABLET will be available by the third quarter, Hans-Christoph Quelle, head of BlackBerry’s Secusmart unit, said Sunday.
More than 10,000 units will be shipped annually in Germany by next year, and more will be sold worldwide by International Business Machines Corp., he said.
The SecuTABLET combines Samsung Electronics Co.’s Tab S 10.5 with Secusmart’s microSD card and IBM software to wrap applications that hold sensitive data into a virtual container where they can’t be harmed by malware.
Germany’s computer security watchdog is evaluating the device for classified government communication and will probably give its approval before the end of the year, Quelle said.
“For many of the tasks that officials and executives need to carry out, a phone just isn’t enough — they want a tablet,” Quelle said at the CeBIT technology conference in Hanover, Germany.
“The most important thing is that we combine security with usability. We don’t want to take the fun things away from people.”
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