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Samsung may license BlackBerry OS 10: Report

Last August, when Google took over Motorola Mobility (a deal yet to be completed), various Android OEMs came out in support of Google, as they believed this move strengthened the Android ecosystem

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Last August, when Google took over Motorola Mobility (a deal yet to be completed), various Android OEMs came out in support of Google, as they believed this move strengthened the Android ecosystem. It seems like all was not hunky-dory as Samsung, the number one manufacturer of Android smartphones in the world, is skeptical about Google’s takeover of Motorola Mobility, and thinks Google’s allegiances may lie more towards its new acquisition rather than the whole Android ecosystem. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box? 

In a bid to counter any forthcoming surprises from Google’s end, Samsung is reportedly preparing to make a $1.5 billion investment in RIM and license its next generation BlackBerry 10 OS. Barron’s reports that Samsung is vary of the Motorola Mobility and Google tie up and is already preparing alternatives for the ‘just in case’ scenario. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more

The report quotes BGC analyst Collin Gillis, who apparently had a chat with senior executives from Samsung. According to the report, Mr Gillis feels Samsung has a multitude of options including its homegrown ‘Bada OS’ but if things go haywire with Android, the company is more than likely to fall back on the next generation of Microsoft Windows Phone, even more so than BlackBerry OS 10.

One should note that this will make more sense than adopting BlackBerry OS 10 as Samsung already makes devices based on Windows Phone, which is a platform gaining traction slowly but surely and with its integration with the upcoming Windows 8, it will be a tempting option for consumers. More than this, the switch to BlackBerry OS 10 could be more of a worst case scenario switch as BlackBerry OS 10 is yet to hit the market and is an unproven OS with a non-existent apps ecosystem.

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  • Published Date: March 17, 2012 12:43 PM IST



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