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RIM CEO: “We may need to look at licensing” for BB10

Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins has said that their upcoming mobile operating system, Blackberry 10, could move away from how the company has traditionally operated. In an effort to increase its dwindling user based, Heins admits that licensing Blackberry 10 could be part of the company’s future.

“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. 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,” Heins mentioned in a recent interview.

Despite poor recent financial results the CEO remains adamant that his company “is not in a trough” and BB10 will be enough to “see us through the next ten years.” Although I have no faith in a single operating system doing this; if Windows XP couldn’t, a mobile OS definitely won’t.

KitGuru says: A Blackberry device from Samsung or HTC might just do the trick to get people back into the fledgling platform.

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