BlackBerry explains why Hub+ is better than Samsung Focus app

BlackBerry explains why Hub+ is better than Samsung Focus app
It's been one month since Samsung released its PIM (personal information manager) application for Android devices called Focus. At the time of its release we referred to it as Samsung's alternative to Hub+, arguably the best PIM apps for mobile devices.

Samsung Focus offers a plethora of features that Android users will find very helpful, but if we are to compare it to BlackBerry's Hub+ it falls short in many places. If you haven't used Hub+ and decided to go for the Focus app instead, BlackBerry has some info for you that highlights what's missing from Samsung's PIM app.

First of all, if you don't have a Samsung smartphone that run Android Marshmallow or higher, you won't be able to use Focus app. On the other hand, BlackBerry Hub+ is fully compatible with more than 3,000 phones running Lollipop and Marshmallow. 

Furthermore, Samsung Focus offers communications integration with email, contacts, calendar, notes and tasks, but Hub+ also adds Password Keeper, Device Search, Launcher and more.

Also, BlackBerry Hub+ features deep integration with social media and other communications channels, whereas Samsung Focus only allows you to view emails. The Hub+ app allows users to view emails from multiple accounts, social media feeds, text messages, BBMs, phone calls, and voice mails on a single smartphone screen.

BlackBerry has put up a list of features that are missing from Samsung's Focus application, but are present in its own. If you want to know what makes the Hub+ better than Focus, you can check out that list below.

- Support for multiple accounts (thus no unification of work/personal content with Focus)
- Dedicated conversation-view organization (sorry, “related items” don’t count)
- Ability to file messages on the device
- Ability to control sync behavior of folders on the device
- Ability to create new or edit existing folders on the device
- Rich-text formatting for email/tasks/notes
- S/MIME integration for more secure email
- Ability to set an email “out of office” message on the device
- Ability to quickly move to next/previous message while reading an email
- Dedicated day and week views for Calendar
- Ability to “join” duplicate contacts



source: BlackBerry

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71 Comments

1. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

This really is the Samsung hunting quarter at iphonearena.....

15. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

I agree

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

No slight to Samsung, but, well....BlackBerry Hub+ Services is better than Samsung Focus....but I'm sure Samsung will add more features as time goes on (so will BlackBerry). However, if Samsung doesn't make its Focus app available for other Android handsets, it'll still fall short to BlackBerry Hub+ Services.

3. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Sure. The blackberry Hub is simple the most amazing multiple account management app out there. But it's not free :D. You have to subscribe, or like me, live with Ads

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's only 99 cents, which is well worth it, IMO. It's free with ads. http://crackberry.com/blackberry-expands-hub-suite-applications-android Edit: Just notice that you edited your comment.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He just mentioned the ads.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Beat ya to it.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Mxy is apparently seeking for even the slightest opportunity tu confront you and try to own you. But he failed miserably this time, as his post #12 came too late to correct what you've already edited in post #4 concerning the ads in free version of Hub+. ROTFL

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not seeking anything. Maybe if you actually "Read" for once, you'll see him seeking me below for no apparent reason other than to pick a fight.

29. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Dam! Owned twice in one thread! Lmao!!

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're constantly seeking my attention by attacking me, so cut the BS. I don't attack you at all, I corrected your BS, as usual.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Maybe if you wouldn't jump the gun and respond just because you see a comment you don't agree with you wouldn't have that problem.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! I'm laughing because you should clearly take your own advice, considering what you just did.

57. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, you're laughing because you're projecting trying to pass the blame onto me.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

No need to project what's already true.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you meant, "I jumped and went on the defensive because he said something negative even though he already said something about ads and I was just trying to save face and hide my embarrassment."

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! I'm laughing again because it's clear that you're talking about yourself, as you got bumburned over my comment to him and jumped and went on the defensive.

58. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Whatever man.

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Mxy code for, "Meanestgenius shut me down with facts yet again."

33. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Isn't the Hub free on BB handsets? If so it's just one more incentive to buy a BB for me.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yep! It sure is.

39. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

it's $30 a year, which is not cheap at all :D

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's extremely cheap, dude.

5. Instructor

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

One thing am sure is that Samsung know how to market their products, whether good or bad, you will end up using them only to realise later you have been "boxed". Blackberry has good products but fails to convince people at the prime time. Example is BBM , it's good, old but only to be overtaken by likes of iMessage and Allo. Many other manufacturers have no choice but to copy from Canadian Company. If Samsung was a man he would have married as many wives all over the Globe as King Solomon.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Samsung has GREAT marketing. Marketing (or lack thereof) has always been BlackBerry's Achilles heel. But BlackBerry has better software. Just look Hub+ Services vs Focus and you'll see it.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. BlackBerry has some unique software, but they lack competent marketing management to get the word out there. BBM is supposed to be petty good, but it's probably one of the only software offering from BlackBerry that is still popular. Mostly from people who have left BlackBerry a long time ago but want to still have the secure messaging service.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry's MDM/EMM capabilities are all software based (BES12), and are extremely popular. It's the reason why BlackBerry is the #1 MDM/EMM provider. BlackBerry's QNX is the most popular and widely used auto-infotainment software in the auto-infotainment industry. BlackBerry Hub+ Services has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. BlackBerry's Good Dynamics platform manages the majority of iOS devices in enterprise. And I haven't even named some of BlackBerry's other software offerings. Bottom line, BlackBerry's software offerings are extremely popular

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those are mostly niche market items, not something you can download off an app store. I think we all know about blackberry's stuff with you giving your sales pitch all the time.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It doesn't matter if those are "niche" market items. Popular is popular. Stop being so salty about it and get over it.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not salty. You just couldn't resist responding.

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