RIM CEO: Licensing BlackBerry 10 ‘conceivable’


Thorsten Heins has said that BlackBerry 10 may be licensed to other manufacturers once RIM has had the chance to prove itself

RIM chief Thorsten Heins has said he would consider licensing BlackBerry 10 to other manufacturers if its initial launch is a success.

The company is launching the new operating system on January 30, and will release six handsets for it this year.

Speaking to German newspaper Die Welt, Heins said RIM is still undergoing a strategic review, and that licensing BB10 and selling its hardware production unit are both possible outcomes.

However, this could only happen if RIM’s launch is a success. “Before you license software, you must show that the platform has large potential. First we have to fulfil our promises. If we prove ourselves, licensing is conceivable,” Heins told the newspaper.

“We have taken the time to build a platform that is future-proof for the next ten years. Our aim is not only to use it on smartphones, but also, for example, in cars, which in future will increasingly be networked. With BlackBerry 10 we see completely new areas of growth,” he said.