BlackBerry Hub+ gains Facebook Messenger support in October Android software release

In a Halloween-themed blog post, BlackBerry announced several new updates coming in its October Android software release.

“To take you back to your trick-or-treating days, these aren’t little Hershey’s Kisses-style updates,” states the company in its post, “but rather a full-size Hershey’s bar treat in your candy bag.”

The majority of its updates pertain to the company’s subscription-based service Hub+, which brings key elements of BlackBerry software to most Android phones running Android Marshmallow or Lollipop, in the form of apps. The apps on offer include BlackBerry Password Keeper, Calendar, Device Search and the popular Hub, an app that brings together a user’s messages into one location.

With the October release, Hub will receive Facebook Messenger support, meaning users will now be able to see and open all Messenger messages without having to leave the Hub app. Hub is also now giving users the option to save inline messages in emails through a long-press on the image, and is giving IT admins using the app the ability push a defined e-mail signature style to users.

Other notable updates coming with the October release include fingerprint sensor support for the BlackBerry Password Keeper, the addition of a dynamic calendar icon in the BlackBerry Launcher and the ability to separate vocabulary learned in your personal life from your workplace and vice versa in the BlackBerry Android Keyboard.

In addition to Hub+ updates, the release also brings with it updates and fixes to camera and keyboard software for BlackBerry’s PRIV and DTEK50.

To download the Hub+ updates, users can check the Google Play Store.

Related: BlackBerry Hub+ now available on Android Lollipop