Research In Motion or RIM has announced last month that they will be delaying the release of their upcoming Blackberry 10 OS until the first 3 months of 2013. The statement was released last month by their new CEO Thorsten Heinz adding that “he will not compromise on BB 10 by delivering an inferior product.” Is the quality standpoint really is the reason? But yesterday, Mr. Heinz had confirmed that the upcoming Blackberry 10 OS is open for licensing to other manufacturers, putting into speculation of “Will they? Or won’t they?”
According to Mr. Heinz, interviewed by Bloomberg, RIM will be ready to license BB 10 soon. The first platform is in the final stages and RIM is at the point of considering how the other companies can use it. They are also preparing to launch for the upcoming products including the next generation Blackberry Playbook.
Should RIM really pursue licensing the upcoming Blackberry 10 OS? Perhaps it could spell higher profits in the future for a struggling corporation. Considering a jump of up to 13% in the Stock Market and maintained t for a week after the speculation surfaced last August 8. This will be the first time in RIM’s history that another company will make a smartphone running mainly with Blackberry Operating System. The Blackberry 10 was originally developed by a third-party Operating System named QNX that was bought by RIM last 2010 from Harman International Industries for a whooping $200 million. Before they bought the company, it has already licensed to automotive industries which RIM could also do if they wanted to.
For a company that had once dominated worldwide because of its superior security and device-management features, will they can still move up and recover in the future? Blackberry 10 OS will be playing a vital role for RIM that it should bring a different feature to elevate RIM a little higher.