More hints that RIM might license BlackBerry 10 to other OEMs

More hints that RIM might license BlackBerry 10 to other OEMsWe’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.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 30, 2012 at 17:03

I actually squinted... I was afraid "LG" might pop up... :p

But hey: A Galaxy RIM???

Pondlife  Mar. 31, 2012 at 03:26

Lg chocolate RI

anyway, if they want out of aspects of sales it makes a kind of sense, depends how scared rest are of google motorola I guess. Unlikely to see a razr rim at least

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 31, 2012 at 07:13

Ex-Nokia Exec Tomi Ahonen unleashed his "cliff theory" yesterday. It's an "unfinished" attempt to explain why and how mobile phone makers die...

He looked back at the last couple of decades to draw his conclusions. And dire they are - he reckons Nokia, RIM, Windows Phone etc are, in their current forms, over the cliff; beyond saving...

http://www.communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2012/03/the-cliff-theory-of-handset-collapse-why-in-mobile-phones-do-companies-die-so-fast-siemens-motorola-.html

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 31, 2012 at 11:19

That's a very interesting read, I think he may have a absolutely valid point about "The Cliff" theory. I would just add that it's interesting how only manufacturers which haven't switched to Android have been affected by "The Cliff". I know Moto were, but they were saved by their Android phones, well in the US anyway.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 31, 2012 at 11:33

That's a very interesting read, I think he may have a absolutely valid point about "The Cliff" theory. I would just add that it's interesting how only manufacturers which haven't switched to Android have been affected by "The Cliff". I know Moto were, but they were saved by their Android phones, well in the US anyway.

True. Though, to be honest, I can see Sony going down that cliff. Android or no Android.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 31, 2012 at 11:42

As can I, they insist on using out of date hardware in their flagship phones. Whether they like it or not, Android is a specs race, you keep up or go bust.

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