Here is a very interesting BlackBerry 10 rumor for the day. According to Jefferies & Co.’s analyst, Peter Misek, RIM might be looking at licensing the BlackBerry 10 OS to smartphone manufactures such as Samsung or HTC. Here is what Misek had to say:
We think some of this has already been started with RIM likely agreeing to license Blackberry 10 to Samsung, HTC, and possibly others.This would help create a critical mass for the ecosystem and maintain RIM’s monthly service revenue; however, it puts more pressure on the hardware business in the short term. Longer term, it possibly gets people hooked on the RIM ecosystem and may in fact allow them to sell more BB 10 handsets (if they are able to create compelling handsets)
If true, this would certainly be an interesting decision for RIM, but is it enough to bring them back? That is the question. I just do not think that HTC, Samsung, or even LG could make a physical keyboard like RIM could.
* Above is a mock of a Samsung Galaxy Glide with PlayBook OS.