That’s the latest word coming out of Waterloo, as while RIM CEO Thorsten Heins is probably still trying to talk to folks like HTC to get BB10 onto some handsets, they’re not restricting themselves to the mobile space. Remember that BB10 is based on QNX, which was also used to underpin the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Tablets are still in the mobile space, though, so RIM is broadening its scope even further.
“QNX is already licensed across the automotive sector–we could do that with BB10 if we chose to,” said Heins. “The platform can be licensed. Smartphones are a part of our business, but we’re looking way beyond this…. We’re here to win. We’re not here to fight for third or fourth place.”
Is this the right move for RIM? They were once known solely for email-centric handsets that doubled as cell phones, but now they’ve also got tablets and they’re looking to expand out into cars and other applications. That said, by licensing, they could just focus on the software side of things and forget about the hardware. After all, QNX is already implemented in nuclear plants and military drones, as well as in cars like the Chevy Cruze and even a modified Porsche Carrera. Either way, RIM’s got a long way to go if they want to “win” this thing; the stock has already lost 95% of its value from its high in mid-2008.