Thorsten Heins, the current CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), has told the German newspaper Die Welt that Blackberry 10 may be licensed to third-party manufacturers. Unfortunately, RIM likely won’t license the hardware until after RIM’s own hardware hits the market and has a chance to prove itself. When asked by the publication, Heins said the following:
“Before you licensed the software, you must show that the platform has a large potential. First we have to fulfill our promises. If such proof, a licensing is conceivable.”
In the past, RIM has never licensed its Blackberry operating system to third-party manufactures and has always produced its own hardware. If licensed, Blackberry 10 would be opened to a whole new world of hardware innovation, something which RIM is currently lacking.
Blackberry 10 is expected to launch on January 30th. The operating system has been delayed multiple times over the past year in order to give both RIM and third-party developers time to prepare for the launch of the OS. This iteration of the Blackberry operating system has been rebuilt from the ground up in hopes of regaining lost marketshare for the company.