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January 22, 2013

RIM may license BlackBerry 10 software to other manufacturers

The company expects to introduce the BlackBerry 10 next week.

By CBR Staff Writer

Research in Motion (RIM) is expected to license its new BlackBerry 10 operating system software to other manufacturers, reports suggest.

"Before you license the software, you must show that the platform has a large potential," RIM CEO Thorsten Heins told Die Welt in an interview.

"First we have to fulfil our promises. If we do, licensing is conceivable," Heins said.

"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 added.

The company’s strategy review could also include selling off its hardware business.

"The main thing for now is to successfully introduce Blackberry 10. Then we’ll see," Heins told the German Newspaper.

Last week, RIM said more than 1600 businesses in North America have registered for its BlackBerry 10 training programme.

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In November 2012, RIM won security certification from the US government for its new BlackBerry 10 devices.

The company expects to introduce BlackBerry 10 next week and anticipates it will be available for users from March.

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