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Rumor: RIM might license BlackBerry 10 to other manufacturers

Rumor: RIM might license BlackBerry 10 to other manufacturers:

The latest from the wire is that RIM has plans to license BlackBerry 10 OS to other manufacturers. To be clear, this means we could see BlackBerry 10 OS on other devices that are not BlackBerry branded. Android has the same approach where it’s an operating system which many handset manufacturers use. Peter Misek, analyst from Jefferies & Co says that he thinks RIM is headed in that direction:

“We think some of this has already been started with RIM likely agreeing to license BlackBerry 10 to Samsung, HTC, and possibly others. This would help create a critical mass for the ecosystem and maintain RIM’s monthly service revenue; however, it puts more pressure on the hardware business in the short term. Longer term, it possibly gets people hooked on the RIM ecosystem and may in fact allow them to sell more BB 10 handsets (if they are able to create compelling handsets).”

If BlackBerry 10 does indeed become a likeable operating system, it could be appealing for manufacturers such as the already mentioned HTC and Samsung to put on their devices. How do you feel about BlackBerry 10 OS on other hardware?

Source: MobileSyrup, Barrons

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