RIM Says It Will License BlackBerry 10 to Other Manufacturers

RIM Says It Will License BlackBerry 10 to Other Manufacturers

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RIM has revealed that it plans to license BlackBerry 10 to other manufacturers, according to a Bloomberg report.

Thorsten Heins, president and chief executive officer of Research In Motion Ltd., speaks at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on July 10, 2012. RIM's Blackberry 10 operating system will be ready to license soon.

The new platform is in the final stages of testing, and RIM is now considering how other companies may be able to use it in a range of products, Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins said today. The BlackBerry 10 lineup was built on software called QNX, which is used in cars, nuclear plants and military drones.

"QNX is already licensed across the automotive sector --we could do that with BB10 if we chose to," Heins, who has begun to carry a BB10 phone for his own use, said in an interview at Bloomberg's headquarters in New York. "The platform can be licensed."

RIM's future appears to be resting on the success of BlackBerry 10 with many hoping that Samsung might license the operating system. It was launched to developers in May. Check it out here.

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Jedediah Johnson - August 14, 2012 at 4:20pm
Oh GOD! I have uncontrollable diarrhea!! My rectum is on fire!!
Simon - August 14, 2012 at 2:18pm
Can't believe RIM is still in business.
Djelimon17 - August 14, 2012 at 9:44am
I guess the argument is that qnx/bb10 has a smaller footprint than droid and therefor scales better downward, allowing manufacturers to pack more features in lower end devices. Might play out in the 3rd world
JuergenWest - August 14, 2012 at 5:47am
Oh great, another iPhone copy cat. At least Windows Mobile did something more towards unique. I suppose the BlackBerry loyalists occupying the third world market will embrace it however.
Curtix - August 14, 2012 at 5:58am
What about that was copying the iPhone?
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