We’ve heard before that RIM has been looking into licensing BlackBerry 10. Analysts have questioned whether or not RIM will remain in the hardware business (since RIM has been losing big time in that sector). Speaking to The Telegraph, Research In Motion’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, has given further 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.”
What does this mean exactly? Will RIM be exiting the hardware market and look to Samsung, Nokia, HTC, or some other “better cost proposition” to release BB10? Time will tell, but it certainly appears to be an idea on low heat sitting on the back burner.