Big Blue's approach to RIM was characterized as being "informal" and since no company has made a legitimate offer to buy the entire company, or the division that manufacturers handsets and tablets, RIM is likely to wait out the launch of its BlackBerry 10 powered handsets early next year. Thus, no talks are in progress between RIM and IBM. BlackBerry 10 is the QNX based OS that BlackBerry is using for its next generation of handsets and when some slides and videos of the software were displayed at BlackBerry World in May, they created some excitement which has the company hopeful about the success of the rollout, which has been delayed until 2013.
RIM's share of the global smartphone market has plunged from 12% during last year's second quarter to 4.8% during this year's second quarter. The company has been unable to compete with the Apple iPhone and with Android devices using its current lineup.