We’ve been hearing whispers for the past few months that RIM might license BlackBerry 10 to other manufacturers, such as Samsung and HTC. BBM on a Galaxy phone? What the…?
Thorsten Heins hinted as much when he was formally introduced as RIM’s new CEO in January, and he’s been blabbing along the same lines once again.
Speaking in January, Heins said licensing BlackBerry 10 was a possibility "if it makes sense strategically and tactically," and RIM is now said to be ‘reviewing’ its options.
During an earnings conference call, Heins explained: "whether we build the hardware ourselves or whether we engage in partnerships is part of the review, we'll keep you updated once that is completed."
We recently heard rumours that Samsung was investing in BlackBerry 10, which wouldn’t surprise us. Sammo already has its fingers in countless pies, including Android, Windows Phone and bada.
RIM’s future is uncertain to say the least, and the Canadian manufacturer has a lot riding on BlackBerry 10. Will the new OS be enough to reverse RIM’s ailing fortunes? Or might RIM leave the hardware game altogether? Time will tell.