Samsung has brushed aside reports that it is currently in the works to license RIM’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, after the OS arrives early next year.
According to rumors earlier this week, the South Korean electronics giant was in the negotiating table with RIM for a licensing agreement on its upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS.
“RIM is attempting to revive discussions with Samsung regarding a BB10 licensing deal,” said Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, who started to turn the rumor mill in full circle with his statement.
With the extent Misek’s statement caused among media channels, Samsung has now stepped up to put speculations to rest. It says that the phone maker has found no business interest in playing with the next version of Research In Motion’s mobile operating system.
“Samsung Electronics has not considered the acquisition of Research in Motion or licensing BB 10,” explains a Samsung representative.
In an interview with Reuters, Meritz Securities analyst Lee Sei-cheol supported Samsung’s brief answer, saying that licensing RIM’s BlackBerry 10 OS would be a high-risk decision for mobile market leaders.
“RIM has already lost its initiative in the smartphone market and what is left doesn’t look really attractive to the likes of Samsung,” he told the news agency.
However, he remarked that selling RIM’s patent portfolio could help the Canadian smartphone maker to pull itself up from its recent slump, saying, “Should they have a deep patent pool, that might be the most appealing asset to potential acquirers.”
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