And then the rumors started swirling about who these licensing partners could be. Well, you can take at least one juggernaut of a name off that list, because Samsung has no interest in buying RIM nor does it have any interest in producing a BB10-powered smartphone. An official statement says that the company “has not considered” either acquisition or licensing.
Samsung is already doing quite well for itself with Google Android smartphones and it is heavily involved with Windows Phone devices too. It’s own bada OS isn’t exactly the most popular thing in the world, but it’s there. Given that, Samsung hardly needs to add another smartphone OS to the mix.
So, where does this leave RIM? They’re still focused on launching BB10 in the first quarter of next year, but they’ll likely need to find somebody to help them out one way or another. Nokia’s closely tied to Microsoft and Motorola’s in bed with Google, so who’s left that could be interested? HTC? LG? Sony? Someone completely out of left field?