There are whispers on the street pointing out that there is a slight chance of Samsung licensing RIM’s BlackBerry 10 operating system, although for the life of me, I do not see that happening anytime soon. Still, it remains a theoretical possibility, just like a manned mission to Mars (with reference to the Salmon Fishing in Yemen movie), and I would so much so claim that RIM would definitely need Samsung’s help in this matter far more than the other way around, considering how RIM has been on the decline for quite some time already.
At least one analyst has mentioned, “Given recent management comments in the press, it now appears that RIM is realizing what Wall Street has been saying for some time: They are a subscale manufacturer and desperately need a partner. We believe RIM is attempting to revive discussions with Samsung regarding a BB10 licensing deal.”
Licensing the BlackBerry 10 platform might help RIM increase penetration, although there is a chance of it backfiring if no one takes up this offer. Also, would Samsung risk coming up with BlackBerry-powered devices, considering they are right now smack in the middle of a legal battle with Apple which could have far reaching repercussions should they end up with the short end of the stick? What do you think?
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