RIM to license BlackBerry 10 to other hardware manufacturers

RIM to license BlackBerry 10 to other hardware manufacturers
Speaking to The Telegraph, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has admitted that the company can no longer compete against the big "guys who crank out 60 handsets a year". Instead, RIM will be looking to license its upcoming mobile OS, BlackBerry 10, to others, in hopes of becoming profitable again and eventually having its healthy hardware business back.

This is actually big news, considering that the words come directly from the CEO. If RIM does find some hardware partners willing to build handsets with its system, it might as well transform into a software-centric company like Microsoft.

Which would be sad, considering the top-notch hardware that RIM is capable of producing. Still, the maker of BlackBerry has proven to be pretty skillful when it comes to delivering software and services as well, so the plan might just work.

Of course, all this doesn't mean that RIM will stop producing phones and tablets. The company will surely continue to release BlackBerry devices, but listening to the CEO, it sounds like they are hoping to find other manufacturers to take case of most of the hardware stuff.

OK, Thorsten, you have our green light to go, just keep the company alive! Here's the full statement by the CEO:


via: Gizmodo

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25 Comments

1. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Xperia Bold please.

21. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

blackberry 10 OS on HTC,SONY,NOKIA would be great to see in the future.a very great decision by CEO.RIM>android,IOS,WP

26. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Sony Aspen S

2. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

It was either this or death, probably a good call.

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Admitting you have a problem is the first step... I am kinda surprised they are thinking "software" instead of "hardware". Going the other direction, hardware and using another established software, seems to be more up RIM's alley. No one debated they have tough, dependable handsets. It seems if the use BBM and their secure servers exclusively and an established OS, they could truly excel. However, the upside is if they could get any other company to at least bite on this line they are fishing with, developers may be interested and BB10 may really turn into an interesting option. LG seems to be a company in transition, and Sony as well. The thought of a business ready OS may truly be appealing to some of these hardware companies. I am willing to give them a look see when BB10 comes out. It may even be more appealing than these 3 or 4 other "developing" software efforts (WebOS, Tizen, Firefox OS, MeeGo, whatever else is out there..)

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Great call. I think Samsung would be a great partner

6. Aeires unregistered

Long live RIM, I'd hate to see them close doors.

7. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

hmmm i wonder what would happen if they licensed bb10 to others AND let other OS use their hardware

8. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I am looking forward to seeing a BB10 running Samsung smartphone... Could get interesting

9. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

a dream come true? BBM service on Android device. heheheheh.

10. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

60 handsets a year?

15. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Heh yeah, if you figure that a company such has Saamsung releases phones every minute and a half then its easily 60. They release numerous phones for each carrier and there are quite a few national and regional post/pre paid carriers.

11. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

How about instead we have Android OS, Windows 7.5 or other popular operating systems run on BlackBerry devices? If they could get their SoCs to run on Jelly Bean or Windows we might have a winner here. Droid Pro was a mediocre success but with the build quality and design like the Bold 9900 we might just have a winner.

12. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Finally... The towel has been thrown!!!

13. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

That'd be awesome if we had 4 very relevant operating systems. Android, WP, iOS, and BB10. It would really open the door for innovation and cause one another to push it. Great for consumers!!!

14. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

It's about time!! It is a shame that it took them so long to realize what many observers had already drawn a conclusion to. Their most valuable assets are BES and BBM. These are what many international users purchase a RIM device for. If they can figure out how to leverage those two assets individually in the U.S., they have a much healthier long term outlook.

16. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Bold. Nice ring to it, i think

17. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Oh wow! This CEO is something else. Unlike the other CEO, the CEO who threw everything that their own company developed and paid for, that is non-MS/WP X.X. We need more CEOs like this, one who has balls and believes in what his company have to offer.

18. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

Good thing they only waited a few years, billions of dollars and a ton of market share to come to this conclusion. Look out iOS and Android.

19. fiebor

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

the best way, is to add Nokia to this race, Nokia has covered the whole of africa with his brand, just that they have turned to windows which will be shock to the world after the release of windows phone8,imagin Nokia with RIM, RIM will excel with Nokia world wide, adding Nokia maps and other useful apps, the newly scalado and others, RIM should take Nokia as a choice without thinking plsssssssssssssssss.

20. fiebor

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

RIM+NOKIA+=SUCCESS

22. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

This is a good call for sure. But, I fear it comes too late. Even WP is coming in quite late. There are room for 3 horses / ecosystems. Unfortunately RIM CEO just admitted the main point up there. "We don't have the economy of scale to compete against the guys". This is it. It is all about ecosystem. Apple has the power. Google has the power. Microsoft has the power for sure. RIM doesn't have it. Who wants to pay license for OS which is not going to have the power to grow? Nokia saw this problem at feb. 2011. RIM still isin't seeing the main problem here. This is the main problem why RIM is still falling and it is doing it even faster now.

23. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Give me a phone with a build quality similar to HTC one x with bb10 on it and you have my money for sure.

24. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i hope nokia buying RIM... haha lol... but amazon makes more sense than nokia!!! amazon needs a hardware department!

25. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i wish BB10 the best!! i hope RIM will surely continue to develop BB10 and hope devs will be attracted to BB10!!! we need at least 5 players in this market!!! iOS and android is dominating.... and windows phones are hardly catching up... i hope BB10 and WP8 and jolla MeeGo OSes to be on the top 5!!! (screw nokia for letting go of meego!!!)

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