Poor old BlackBerry continues to soldier on for now, doing its enterprise thing and occasionally churning out new consumer handsets, but it’s quite clear that the Canadian manufacturer would be happy if someone came along and snapped them up.
It was rumoured yesterday that Samsung might be interested in a bid, but BlackBerry has quickly moved to deny that the pair has even talked – never mind a confirmed acquisition.
Reuters broke the exclusive yesterday, with the headline Samsung talks to BlackBerry about $7.5 billion buyout – source.
Indeed, the publication credited not just the usual anonymous “person familiar with the matter”, but also “documents seen by Reuters”.
As such, you would’ve been forgiven for getting more than a little excited about the news, even casting aside the salt, but BlackBerry has emphatically quashed the whole thing already.
An official BlackBerry press release reads: “BlackBerry is aware of certain press reports published today with respect to a possible offer by Samsung to purchase BlackBerry.
“BlackBerry has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry. BlackBerry’s policy is not to comment on rumors or speculation, and accordingly it does not intend to comment further.”
And, er, that’s the end of that! A BlackBerry buyout has been rumoured for a long time, but it’s anyone’s guess who might step. Unfortunately, Chinese smartphone manufacturers (most notably Lenovo) have been ruled out on account of security concerns on the enterprise side of things.
I’ll stick a few quid on Facebook. Team Zuckerberg is keen to move in on the mobile market, and previous attempts (e.g. pairing with HTC) have proved not only fruitless, but utterly disastrous. FaceBerry? BlackBook? You heard it here first (although it was rumoured back in October 2013, to be fair).