Research-in-Motion is considering selling its enterprise assets and hardware-making division, or licensing out BlackBerry 10 once the new platform launches.
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Despite what everyone thought and what some hoped, Research in Motion (RIM) is not yet ready to abandon the smartphone game that brought the company so many reasons of joy in the (not so distant) past.
Roughly three years ago, Research in Motion was the biggest name in the mobile industry, holding a sweet 50% share in the smartphone market. Apple and Android’s fantastic progresses, but also RIM’s creative slump and inability to keep with the times made BlackBerries a thing of the past, and now all they can dream is to get to the bronze medal before Microsoft.
Research in Motion (RIM) is going to launch a brand spanking new smartphone platform called “BlackBerry 10″ during the first quarter of 2013. The company’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, just published a letter saying that the platform is currently being tested by over 50 operators. He also says that when he shows operators the new platform, their response is “tremendous”.
Research in Motion, remember those guys? They’re hard at work on their next generation operating system, which they’re calling BlackBerry 10. Yesterday the company showed the world a sneak peak of what it’s going to look like, and we’ve got to admit, it does look rather interesting. It’s heavily inspired by Nokia’s MeeGo operating system, Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, and there’s even some hints of Android in there. But will it take off?
If we go back to 2009 BlackBerry had a 50 percent share of the smartphone market. That has fallen to around 6 percent. Where did it go? Most of it went to Android.
RIM is adamant at keeping its BlackBerry platform relevant amid the dominance of iOS and Android in the consumer markets. But while RIM has hinted that companies like Samsung may be interested, the South Korean Android device manufcaturer has actually declined having any interest in BB10.
Recent rumors suggest that Samsung and RIM may be partnering up in the near future, despite Samsung’s denial of such a move. As a result, RIM’s stock actually went up 13%. Regardless of what partners it may be working with, RIM CEO Heins reaffirms that BlackBerry 10 will be ready to license itself to other companies very soon.