Samsung: We're not buying RIM, or BlackBerry 10 licenses

Samsung: We're not buying RIM, or BlackBerry 10 licenses

Summary: Well, that was quick. Less than 24 hours after one analyst said Samsung could be interested in buying BlackBerry 10 licenses, the smartphone giant poured cold water on the rumors.


Less than a day after a Jefferies analyst said RIM was looking to "revive discussions with Samsung" over a licensing pact, Samsung has poured cold water on the suggestions. 


While the struggling smartphone maker's chief executive Thorsten Heins has not ruled out licensing the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system in the future, Samsung said it had "not considered" either acquiring RIM in whole, or licensing the new software to install it in its upcoming smartphones.

RIM's shares jumped by more than 5 percent on Wednesday on talk of the rumors. 

"RIM is attempting to revive discussions with Samsung regarding a BB10 licensing deal," said Jefferies analyst Peter Misek in a note seen by AllThingsD. But earlier this year, Samsung said it flat-out denied it was considering buying the Canada-based smartphone maker.

Also in the note, Misek said: "We believe Samsung is considering ramping up its internal [operating system] development efforts, licensing BB10, or buying RIM" but believed an acquisition would be unlikely until after BlackBerry 10 launches in the stores next year.

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BlackBerry 10 was also pushed back from a pre-Christmas release to the first-quarter of 2013, which will likely dent sales following the popular holiday season where electronics makers battle for the store shelves. 

The Korea-based giant uses Google's Android on the vast majority of its devices, but also uses Bada and Windows Phone operating systems. A licensing deal between RIM and Samsung would see BlackBerry 10 installed on non-BlackBerry smartphones -- a move away from the traditional tight hardware and software ecosystem that RIM currently controls.

There seems to be some leeway here, however. "Not considered" means up to a point no thoughts have existed, whereas in the future the situation may change. It's unlikely that Samsung would want to buy a loss-making smartphone maker considering its already strong sales and licensing ties with Google.

Samsung remains the world's top smartphone maker, while RIM continues to trundle along in the face of serious financial troubles. 

Topics: Samsung, BlackBerry, Tech Industry

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  • Can An OS From A Closed Hardware Platform Migrate To An Open One?

    I'm not aware of any OS that managed such a transition. Look what happened to Windows when it tried.
  • Look at the Analyst and/or his friends...

    to see who just made a quick buck (or few million of them). With the recent scandals we have seen in trading, banking, etc... I don't doubt for a minute that there was Stock Market manipulation behind this announcement. Sad, but the regulators are falling down on the job in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Why would samsung want to have anything to do with a loser like RIM?

    Even other losers don't want anything to do with RIM anymore. They waited too long to move to another platform/ecosystem. They can zombie on in the third world for a few more years, that's about it. But as WP8 devices targeting the low end of the price range start coming out from the cheap Chinese oems that will dry up too.
    Johnny Vegas
    • The funny guy of

      Johnny Vegas, always delusional about Microsoft greatness, and microsoft products that will rise to stardom.

      Johnny, why don't you just shut up, and wait until the day Windows Phone and Windows 8 become a REAL success and then you start celebrating.

      Man you look soo lame.

      Unless you are a paid Microsft handpiece (Instead of mouthpiece), in that case you are doing your job, that way you put food on the table, then I can understand you, and even feel sorry for you.