Samsung Mobile CEO JK Shin denies BlackBerry acquisition, asserts ongoing partnership

Samsung Mobile CEO JK Shin denies BlackBerry acquisition, asserts ongoing partnership
As Reuters' report of Samsung's purported intentions of buying BlackBerry for $7.5 billion stirred the waters, first BlackBerry, and now Samsung Mobile's executives have taken their turns to deny the rumored acquisition. JK Shin, who you may know as the company’s co-CEO and mobile chief, outright told the Wall Street Journal that Samsung Mobile wants "to work with BlackBerry and develop this partnership, not acquire the company.” 

The statement follows after the word from Ontario, which stated that "BlackBerry has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry". Before that, both sides briefly denied Reuters' report in a matter of hours after it got published.

Although Reuters isn't willing to let of go of the story, being adamant that it's seen documental evidence of a deal in the making, the key takeaway here is that BlackBerry and Samsung are buddying up for security-related collaborations. Previously, the two worked together on integrating BB's Enterprise Server 12 mobile management system with Samsung's Knox security platform. It may have been meetings between the two, and a chattery attendant, that the rumors of acquisition are stemming from.

In any case, this certainly isn't the last time we'll be talking about Samsung and BlackBerry in a news piece that isn't about smartphones. Phones might be BlackBerry's Achiles' heel, but no one does mobile security better.

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34 Comments

1. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

samsung should buy AMD not BlackBerry

2. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I am intrigued. Although this would help AMD, are there any benefits for Samsung in such an acquisition ?

3. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

they can make their own mobile GPU, use AMD experience in CPU, an transfer x86 licensing through some tough legal process. you can read tomshardware article on this matter for more insight.

5. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Thanks, I'll check it out.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Partnership for what... Security?

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes. They have a partnership so BlackBerry can strengthen Samsung's Knox offering in enterprise.

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Partnership and eventually buying bb, nice words to hide it shin

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

No sale of BlackBerry is going on here, folks. Look elsewhere for that.

9. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Mxzy will be posting anytime soon. Trolling.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"He can . this Is a discussion forum site. Everyone has the voice of reasons."

14. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Except you're not reasonable. Trolls like you never are.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pot calling the kettle black

19. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

It would be. If I actually trolled. Can you show any proof that I trolled anywhere on this site? Because you have pages and pages devoted just to you trolling in a Google search. Why is it that the minute you show up on a post, you get called a troll by multiple people? Why is it that everytime there's a BlackBerry, Google or Motorola post, people actually comment that they're waiting for you to come troll? But you say you're not a troll right? Keep lying to yourself kid.

15. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

I like that .

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

He's sees the word "BlackBerry" in any article and he comes trolling along.

16. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Yeah Mxzy, stop trolling.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If I was a pimple-faced virgin like him, I'd go trolling Apple articles just to piss him off.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No just a wrinkled old timer who's tanks been empty from the start.

10. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Good. I like them separate. Although a nice Samsung screen on BlackBerry would be nice.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Of course, PA won't mention the fact they released a story about Samsung partnering with BB to help with the leaky sieve known as Knox. That would be way too much trouble. Tighten up fellas, it looks like your right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

Let's keep the conspiracy theories to a minimum. The fact that you missed it doesn't mean it didn't happen. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-turns-to-BlackBerry-to-enhance-Android-security_id62825

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

g2 my friend, I think you misunderstood what Crispin was saying. He saying that PA put this article out which has some elements of speculation about a buyout without even referencing the article you just mentioned. He is aware of the article. He even commented on it, if I'm not mistaken.

22. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I missed it? I just finished pointing it out. As MG said, I even commented on that article. Me thinks you need a refresher course in remedial reading.

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

No need for insults. It was a simple misunderstanding. My reading comprehension is more than adequate.

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A real man owns up to his mistakes. You have my respect whether I agree with you or not in the future.

33. g2a5b0e unregistered

Appreciate it.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Conspiracy theory.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

You wish.

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