Earlier today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen was quoted as saying he’d consider selling the company’s handset division if it remained unprofitable.
This had me pondering on BlackBerry’s future as a software and services company. Despite BlackBerry 10 being a successfully built real-time operating system powered by QNX, the ‘BlackBerry’ brand has an unfortunate stigma.
What happens to BlackBerry 10 if Chen decides to sell the handset division? In the report, Chen said BlackBerry would still continue working on BlackBerry 10. For what purpose and for which devices? That remains the mystery.
If BlackBerry does end up selling their handset division, I would be a strong proponent of evolving BlackBerry 10 into a ‘QNX Mobile’ moniker. Additionally, I’d like to see QNX Mobile adopted by other hardware OEMs like an HTC or SONY through free-licensing agreements.
Of course, this is all hypothetical, unless BlackBerry cannot regain profitability of the handset division by FY 2016. Nevertheless, I’d like to hear your thoughts on the matter. Vote in the poll and sound off in the comments below: