RIM has long been rumored to be looking at the possibility of Licensing BlackBerry 10 to different manufactures(Samsung, Sony, HTC). Thea always denied such rumors until a recent interview from The Telegraph. The Telegraph sat down with Research In Motion’s CEO Thorsten Heins. During the interview, Heins offered more insight into the possibilities of licensing BlackBerry 10:
“We don’t have the economy of scale to compete against the guys who crank out 60 handsets a year. We have to differentiate and have a focused platform. To deliver BB10 we may need to look at licensing it to someone who can do this at a way better cost proposition than I can do it. There’s different options we could do that we’re currently investigating.
You could think about us building a reference system, and then basically licensing that reference design, have others build the hardware around it – either it’s a BlackBerry or it’s something else being built on the BlackBerry platform. We’re investigating this and it’s way too early to get into any details. We have to also model this from a finance perspective – that’s why we’re working with the financial advisers to see if we do this where would it take the company. Either we do it ourselves or we do it with a partner. But we will not abandon the subscriber base.” - Thorsten Heins, CEO, Research In Motion
So what do we make of this? Well could be moving away from the hardware market and look to Samsung, Sony, HTC and or others to push the BlackBerry 10 OS or they will continue to produce awesome devices as well as offer licensing for BlackBerry 10. Let us know what you make of this in the comments!