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RIM would consider licensing BlackBerry 10 software, CEO says

Research In Motion, which is expected to unveil two new phones next week, may at some point allow its BlackBerry software to run on devices made by other companies.

In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, RIM chief executive Thorsten Heins said the Canadian company would be willing to consider licensing its mobile operating system to others in the industry. He called the idea "conceivable."

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins ... would consider allowing BlackBerry software to run on other devices.
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins ... would consider allowing BlackBerry software to run on other devices. Photo: Bloomberg

Another possibility that RIM isn't opposed at looking into would be selling its hardware production business, Heins told the newspaper.

But before doing anything drastic, Heins said, the company will wait to see how the company's own devices running BlackBerry 10 perform in the market.

The upcoming operating system has faced delays but is finally set to launch on January 30.

For RIM, which disclosed its first decline in customers when it reported its 2012 third-quarter earnings, the launch of BlackBerry 10 is a "crucial moment", Heins said.

Los Angeles Times

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