RIM CEO Says Licensing BlackBerry 10 Is "Conceivable"
The CEO of RIM, Thorsten Heins, has been speaking to German newspaper Die Welt ahead of the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices — due in Q1. Heins told the newspaper he has not ruled out licensing the new OS to other manufacturers. Asked whether RIM might not go down the licensing route, as Microsoft has with Windows Phone, he said (translated from German by Google Translate): “Before you licensed the software, you must show that the platform has a large potential. First we have to fulfill our promises. If such proof, a licensing is conceivable.”
Heins was also asked what has taken the BlackBerry maker so long to get its next-gen OS in the market. He told Die Welt that the reason for the delay is because RIM is building a platform that’s fit for the next decade — and one which can find its way into new types of devices. “We have taken the time to build a platform that is future-proof for the next ten years. Our aim is not only to smartphones, but also to the use, for example, in cars that will be in the future increasingly networked. We see with BlackBerry 10 completely new areas of growth,” he said.