Just last week we had heard the rumors that Samsung was planning on acquiring BlackBerry. The rumors were later refuted by BlackBerry themselves who claimed that there were no such talks taking place. However a recent report from The Wall Street Journal has revealed that Samsung and BlackBerry are in talks, just not about an acquisition.
Instead it seems that both companies are talking about possibly extending their partnership. In the report, Samsung Mobile boss J.K. Shin revealed, “We want to work with BlackBerry and develop this partnership, not acquire the company.” This follows a partnership from back in November of 2014 where both companies would team up to offer end-to-end security via tools such as BES 12 and Samsung KNOX.
In fact in the interview, Shin was quoted as saying, “We are satisfied with the progress of Knox, including the quality of security and protection that it enables, and remain committed to Knox over the long term.” That being said it is unclear as to what the extension of their partnership could mean.
Could it be that Samsung plans to use more of BlackBerry’s technology in future handsets? Either way this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Samsung might be interested in BlackBerry, so perhaps official statements from both companies should help put the rumors to rest.