Much to everyone’s surprise, RIM’s shares crept up a tad on Friday morning, leading market watchers to collectively ask: “Huh?”
One chap, BGC Partners’ Collin Gillis, tells Tech Trader Daily it’s a result of chatter concerning a possible investment by Samsung in BlackBerry 10.
The figure being whispered is $1.5 billion, and ultimately the investment would allow Samsung to start selling phones running BlackBerry 10 later in the year. Or whenever the hell it arrives.
However, it’s pointed out that Samsung’s presence would likely punch a hole in RIM’s revenue, as folk are more likely to opt for South Korean hardware over that touted by the Canadians.
The investment rumour has materialised as a result of the Googorola takeover. Some manufacturers, including Samsung, are said to be concerned about what it’ll mean for non-Motorola peeps.
Of course, Samsung already has a finger in the Windows Phone pie, and its share of the OS market is expected to rise dramatically over the next few years. And don’t forget Samsung’s own bada.
BlackBerry 10 on Samsung phones? Really? Meh, pass the salt.