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RIM explores possibilities to license OS 10

RIM (Research in Motion Ltd.) is exploring all possibilities for its Blackbery business. It ha said it is open to licensing its BlackBerry 10 operating system to other mobile phone manufacturers including Samsung Corp.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Heins said partnering with other companies could be one way for the beleaguered Canadian firm to more effectively compete with larger manufacturers.

“We don’t have the economy of scale to compete against the guys who crank out 60 handsets a year. We have to differentiate and have a focused platform. To deliver BB10 we may need to look at licensing it to someone who can do this at a way better cost proposition than I can do it. There’s different options we could do that we’re currently investigating,” he said.

“You could think about us building a reference system, and then basically licensing that reference design, have others build the hardware around it – either it’s a BlackBerry or it’s something else being built on the BlackBerry platform,” he said, adding that RIM will not “abandon the subscriber base” whether it builds its own handsets or works with a partner.

The key for RIM would be to find a device manufacturer willing to take the risk of developing a BB10 handset. But given that the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Nokia are tied up with Android and Windows Phone, convincing them to adopt a BlackBerry OS could prove to be a bit of a struggle.

Source: itproportal.com, LightReading, itproportal.com


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