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Rumor: RIM might license BlackBerry 10 to other manufacturers

4 January 2012 4 Comments


The latest from the wire is that RIM has plans to license BlackBerry 10 OS to other manufacturers.  To be clear, this means we could see BlackBerry 10 OS on other devices that are not BlackBerry branded.  Android has the same approach where it’s an operating system which many handset manufacturers use. Peter Misek, analyst from Jefferies & Co says that he thinks RIM is headed in that direction:

“We think some of this has already been started with RIM likely agreeing to license BlackBerry 10 to Samsung, HTC, and possibly others. This would help create a critical mass for the ecosystem and maintain RIM’s monthly service revenue; however, it puts more pressure on the hardware business in the short term. Longer term, it possibly gets people hooked on the RIM ecosystem and may in fact allow them to sell more BB 10 handsets (if they are able to create compelling handsets).”

If BlackBerry 10 does indeed become a likeable operating system, it could be appealing for manufacturers such as the already mentioned HTC and Samsung to put on their devices.  How do you feel about BlackBerry 10 OS on other hardware?


Source: MobileSyrup, Barrons

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  • Jake Hogg

    how bout they come up with a model where they don’t charge for their “ecosystem” since it offers less and less to the average smart phone user.  I pay $30 a month extra for some phantom service that is just a cash cow for them and my provider.  They are hooked on this charge like heroin, but it would be massive if they dropped it, both in publicity and gains in new users.

  • Shannon H.

    blackberry data plans are the same as any other data plans no matter what smartphone you get.. the price will never go down my friend.

  • Wr3ckles3

    id be up for an htc blackberry why not? i think they would get their hardware game on right.  and if os10 is fluid it could work. forget android. rim could come back and make this one an android killer for sure

  • Jeremy Retnapl

    its about time, i think that would be rim’s last straw.  everyone keeps saying that os10 devices are rim’s make it or break it, but i think having their os on other devices would be the make or break it.  its an insane market to enter but if they play their cards right they can do it.