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Galaxy Note 6 reportedly getting BlackBerry-inspired software hub

Updated 7 years ago
Published May 11th, 2016 7:52AM EDT
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Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

BlackBerry is not quite dead yet. And while it’s not able to put up a real fight against Apple and the other Android smartphone makers, the company’s software seems to be inspiring Samsung. A new report says that the BlackBerry Hub software suite is going to be replicated on an upcoming Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy Note 6 that’s due this summer.

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Similar to the BlackBerry Hub, which incorporates email, social networking, and instant messaging, is Samsung Focus that will be preinstalled on Galaxy Note 6.

According to SamMobile, Samsung Focus includes email, calendar, contacts and memos. The main feature of Focus seems to be email aggregation, which lets the user view and respond to emails from various accounts. The feature seems to mimic Google’s Inbox app.

The Focus app has a clean and modern interface, the site notes, with the overall UI abiding by Google’s Material Design guides. The main screen of the app will show a list of the most important things happening in your life today, and in the following days. A history of previous days might also be present. In addition to calendar entries, the main screen will show emails, memos, and reminders.

A contacts page will aggregate all communication from a person including email, messages, and calendar invites. There will also be an option to mark certain contacts as a priority, and prioritize corresponding notifications.

The Galaxy Note 6 is expected to be unveiled this summer, although Samsung is yet to issue invites for its next Unpacked event.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.