BlackBerry Launches ‘Blend’ to Integrate Its Smartphones with Your Tablet and PC

BlackBerry announced today the availability of Blend, a new app that brings messaging and content from your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet.

With BlackBerry Blend, users blend their personal and professional content and conversations together using the screen of their choice. Blend enables users to work across multiple devices running various Windows, iOS, Mac and Android operating systems.

The Waterloo-based smartphone maker says Blend streamlines the experience of using multiple devices on a daily basis “by bridging the gap between your smartphone and other devices that make up your connected universe.”

“With BlackBerry Blend, users can receive instant notifications, respond to work and personal messages, and access documents, calendars, contacts and media in real-time on any device, while never having to worry about their security being compromised,” the Canadian company says. “No saving to a cloud, no wires and no transferring information between devices. It’s just there.”

Integrations include text messages, file transfers, and calendar inputs.

“With the amount of time spent shuffling between devices throughout the day, the type of integration that BlackBerry Blend offers will bring a whole new level of productivity to our users,” said John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry. “Whether you need to access important work files on the road or respond to text and email messages on your tablet while commuting to work, BlackBerry Blend ensures all of your important information is safely accessible, regardless of the device you are using.”

BlackBerry Blend will work across desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X 10.7+, iPad tablets running iOS 7+, Windows 7+ and Android tablets running Android 4.4+.

Today, BlackBerry also launched the Passport, its newest smartphone.