Research in Motion (RIM) recently announced it was considering licensing the new BlackBerry 10 operating system to other device makers. According to RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, the company is exploring ways to get more budget smartphones into the market, which could in turn mean licensing the design to other companies to build the hardware.
While Hein’s statements made it obvious his aim is to license the BlackBerry OS, he was unclear as to whether he was looking to license it to only smartphone manufacturers or look to tablet manufacturers as well.
Following these statements, it was later rumored by The Boy Genius Report via an unidentified source that RIM was meeting with companies interested in either licensing its software or buying a part or all of RIM, with Samsung leading the pack. However, Samsung has stated that it has no interest in taking over Research in Motion.
We haven’t considered acquiring the firm and are not interested in [buying RIM], said Samsung spokesperson James Chung to the Reuters news agency.
That’s not the end of the story, however. Reuters is also reporting that IBM has been in talks with the BlackBerry maker about acquiring its enterprise business.
Shares of the BlackBerry smartphone maker jumped more than 10% following the report that RIM was seeking to sell itself to the South Korean firm. The price is continuing to climb, even though Samsung has denied the report.