But all of Motorola Mobility's Android devices released since summer 2011, as well as some earlier models, provide iOS-level security capabilities out of the box. Its Droid 4 smartphone even has a physical keyboard, for those BlackBerry users who hate the notion on touch-based text entry. So do Samsung devices labeled SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise), including the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Tab 2.
The good news: You're covered if BlackBerry goes away Given that RIM pioneered the notion of mobile devices and embodied mobile messaging for a decade, it would be sad if RIM fails to adapt to the modern world or does so too late to regain the huge numbers of lost customers.
But it would not make companies have to choose between mobility and security. They can have both today with iOS and Android, and likely this fall with Windows Phone 8. Plus, they get all the advantages of apps and Internet that the BlackBerry wasn't designed for.
Whatever happens to the BlackBerry, now's the time to plan your transition, even if just as a contingency. RIM's fortunes have become too uncertain too quickly to not do otherwise.
InfoWorld Executive Editor Galen Gruman contributed to this report.
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