Microsoft and Xiaomi thinking about buying Blackberry

Microsoft and Xiaomi thinking about buying Blackberry
BlackBerry has certainly not been doing well in recent years, though CEO John Chen has managed to somewhat halt the company's downfall throughout last year, and even draw some attention back towards the company, no small thanks to the unorthodox Passport handset.

Well, industry insiders claim that the company's profits for the previous quarter exceeded investor estimates, which, apparently, immediately translated into a few major players considering buying BlackBerry. Reportedly, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Lenovo are all among the aforementioned potential investors, with Microsoft even having requested investment companies to evaluate a potential acquisition deal.

Of course, none of this means that any of the companies is actually ready to go through with any type of acquisition just yet, and we're not sure that BlackBerry is ready to give in just yet. In fact, with such huge potential investors beating around the bush, CEO John Chen may actually reinforce the idea that he is on the right track.



source: DigiTimes via NeoWin

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53 Comments

1. gaming64 unregistered

meanestgenius DEFENSE MODE ON!!! Prepare for bloody war right on your screen *grabs popcorn*

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why are you on mines so much?! You got a thing for me now? Sorry to burst your bubble, dude. I flow with the ladies.

8. gaming64 unregistered

Did I say I was interested in your Craig, homo? Sorry that I gave you insecurity

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering the way you've been stalking me on recent BlackBerry articles, one can only come to that conclusion. So when you use the "H" word, you must be referring to yourself. It's okay, I'm not judging you. You are what you are. And you forgot to put a "." at the end of your sentence.

26. gaming64 unregistered

Sorry to insult you, your highness. I shall be nice to you from now on. And no, I am not homosexual. Wait what are we talking about again? Anyway. Blackberry, dont sell yourselves.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

As long as you acknowledge that I'm your lord and master, it's all good. :)

28. gaming64 unregistered

I answer only to Apple Juice, your Highness. Though our two Kingdoms can perform a truce to stop this war.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed, Apple Juice. Let there be peace. :)

18. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

If this is the case then I would love to see MS buying BB. Atleast Satya Nadela knows what to do with BB. They may integrate BB's security in Windows phone 10 and can smash enterprise. Given the fact what continuum is capable of.

34. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

And rip off BlackBerry brand like what they did with Nokia

43. waddup121 unregistered

Just do it

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol. Is it to late for the popcorn or are you already done?

2. carlemillward unregistered

Shame poor Blackberry, they not even officially dead but people are already prowling over them. Typical vulture scenario. But who do you guys think should acquire them, should it come to that?

3. gaming64 unregistered

They arent actually THAT dead but they just suffer from low sales. In other words, they're just a relic from the past. I do, however, like Blackberry 10 though.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

They aren't "DEAD" at all. They just aren't what they were in the consumer market anymore. Personally, I think they should go full-on enterprise/government/regulated industries and just offer handsets online at shop.blackberry.com and amazon.com for the "average" consumers that wish to purchase a BlackBerry. When they shore up enough cash to dabble in "side-gigs", then they should make a play back in the consumer market.

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yep they need more marketing and TV ads to get more attention

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. BlackBerry's marketing team sucks major @$$, and this is coming from a BlackBerry fan. I'm member of several BBM groups, and I gotta tell ya, the members of the group have better advertising ideas and videos than BlackBerry does. Just telling it like it is.

20. gaming64 unregistered

Who the eff said they are typically DEAD? I only said they aren't THAT dead because a chance for a comeback is very low right now due to shallow, not poor, sales of their handsets.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Who the eff said that you said "typically DEAD"? I'm saying their not "dead" at all, not even "THAT dead", as you so aptly put it. "DEAD" would imply that they no longer exist and are a non-entity. That is not the case. They just have an extremely small footprint in the consumer market, currently. But they are the "lions roar" in enterprise.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wouldn't say dead. Id say more on life support and desperation. BB 10 looks good finally but they have set themselves back so far that it would take a miracle for them to be back.

13. emmywee

Posts: 2; Member since: May 22, 2015

Dead??? Not yet maybe soon. Maybe they might rise again??

38. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Very well said, bro.

4. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Microsoft buying Blackberry sounds plausible, since they have an internal fight in the Enterprise market :D

5. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Canadian government would never give consent to selling BB to Chinese. It's a matter of security.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

They should partner up with Lenovo, would like to see that

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with Neros. The Canadian government would never allow such a purchase by any of the Chinese vendors. And BlackBerry would lose all of its North American contracts if such a thing were allowed to occur. The United States is a HUGE client of BlackBerry's. Microsoft and BlackBerry would actually make a good fit. However, that would be only if MSFT allowed them to function as a separate entity. My concern is that Microsoft would just snatch BlackBerry up for the patents and security technology and discard the rest, kinda like they did with Nokia's handset division. A partnership with Microsoft would be more beneficial to BlackBerry, not a complete buyout.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

This "news" of Microsoft and some Chinese vendors made its rounds on the Internet since last week, btw.

11. emmywee

Posts: 2; Member since: May 22, 2015

Sell it!!!!!! Buy it!!!!!!!!

17. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

John Chen won't give up Blackberry that's for sure.

19. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

If Microsoft buys Blackberry... Hmm. This could be interesting.

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