Taking a step away from the flood of news and content around the newcomers from IFA 2013, we're back again on the topic of acquisitions and mergers. You've probably heard all about this already, but Microsoft officially acquired Nokia's mobile phone division, along with a slew of patents for a reported $7.2 billion. Among the many reason that the Redmond-based software giant had for this particular move, a strangely familiar argument was mentioned: Microsoft was hurrying to buy Nokia, if only to block out others from doing the same.
So what's Huawei's and BlackBerry's role in all of this? None, and that's the point that the company wants to get across, loud and clear. Especially now that the topic of acquisitions is back on the agenda, all the while a struggling company like BlackBerry could offer a very similar deal to would-be buyers with deep pockets (like Huawei). And while the China-based manufacturer could definitely use some more publicity, it's obvious that the company wants to be kept out of any acquisition talks by cementing the notion that the it is doing fine as it is:
And it has paid Huawei to do just that. While still mostly barred from a serious entry into the Western hemisphere, the Chinese company has done very well for itself – in fact, it's in a three-way tie of sorts with LG and local rival ZTE over who the third largest smartphone manufacturer is.