RIM was once one of the great kings of the smartphone world. While there are parts of the world that are still very receptive to BlackBerry devices, its presence in many major markets has taken a pretty huge nosedive in recent years.
The salvation of the company is supposedly its next generation OS, BB10. The new OS is similar to what was found in the PlayBook, which has done less than great, but is supposed to be better, faster and stronger than ever before.
In order to try and crawl out of the huge financial hole it’s creating for itself, RIM recently announced a new strategy: it will attempt to license out its QNX-based BB10 OS to other phone companies and even automotive and computer developers. At the same time, RIM said they would still make their own line of BB10-based BlackBerry handsets.
The talks about licensing soon lead to speculation that Samsung might be interesting in buying or licensing out the BB10 OS for future products, which Samsung quickly shot down. So Sammy might not be interested in licensing, but HTC might.
That’s right, two once-Kings that have fallen from grace could eventually come together. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean they are going to, but just that they might.
Here is the exact quote from Graham Wheeler, the director of product management at HTC, regarding BB10’s potential:
I don’t have any knowledge, but that is not to say we are not looking at it. But from my point of view we are not saying we are closed to a new operating system. We will review each one to make sure it’s the best for our customers.
With HTC developing both Android and Windows 8 devices already, could they also be considering branching out to yet a third OS? Granted an off-comment by a RIM executive isn’t exactly proof they will come together, but its an interesting proposition.
Would you be interested in an HTC BlackBerry device?