RIM CEO admits they are "actively investigating" licensing out BB10
0. phoneArena 02 May 2012, 13:04 posted on
RIM says it is actively looking into licensing out it's upcoming mobile OS, but not to the companies you might expect...
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1. Dameon (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
if they could get some good hardware and bb10 is a good os it may pique my interest
3. dcgore (Posts: 226; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)
They should let bbm be on iOS and Android and maybe charge a monthly fee for it. RIM would get revenue from that and also would get people to try blackberry.
4. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
"Heins also hinted at what direction they are looking to take with licensing – he specifically said that they were not yet committed to licensing the platform out to direct competitors such as Samsung. " Funny statement, but there is now way RIM is in direct competition with Samsung, more around the likes of the low tier Android manufacturers like ZTE and Kyocera, Samsung, they wished it was so. RIM is still wasting time, first their next handset running on BB OS 10 won't be here until October...RIM continuing to let their market share slip away with nothing but lackluster offerings and hesitant decisions. Good luck guys, you and Nokia are both looking like your futures aren't terribly bright.
8. lsutigers (Posts: 819; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
I sort of agree with you, timing is everything. We have been hearing about BB10 for years now, how much longer is it going to take???
All while others eat your lunch...
It's frustrating because I really like what I have seen of BB10 so far and I own a Playbook which is a fine piece of hardware with an excellent OS / web browser, but, like Phullofphil below says, its all about the apps to bring added functionality to the device.
5. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
I don't see people buying this OS considering android is free and has way more support. Android is not even a cash cow for google it makes decent mony for them but not like there search engine and other stuff. To see this OS being one of RIMs only recources is just a failure waiting to happen. Selling ther OS on ther hardware is there best shot. Windows phone is passing them by fast. It's all about the quality apps right now. In the future when app quality is looked on more than quanity than the ecosystem will change again. Wich I believe is starting
7. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
Android is not completely free, remember most of android manufacturers have to pay licencing fees to Microsoft, just ask Samsung and HTC to name a few.
6. grif_ (Posts: 61; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
there always has to be atleast 1 hater that comments. smh.
I personally think RIM can make a comeback.
I don't want a market with only 2 choices, ios or android.
bring on wp8, bb10 and tizan. give ppl more choices.