Research In Motion has already said that it may license its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, due out during the first quarter of 2013, and it said Monday it’s almost ready to make that move. “QNX is already licensed across the automotive sector — we could do that with BB10 if we chose to,” RIM CEO Thorsten Heins told Bloomberg in an interview, in which he also confirmed that the company is nearly ready for licensing.
RIM’s market share has slumped against fierce competition from Android and iOS in recent years, but Heins is confident that BlackBerry 10 has the potential to act as a catalyst to drive RIM back to its market lead. “We’re here to win,” he said. “We’re not here to fight for third or fourth place.” It has a hard mountain to climb, however. A recent report from comScore found that Android currently has a 51.6 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, followed by iOS with a 30.7 percent share. RIM’s market share is at 12.3 percent and it will also face competition from Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 OS, which will launch this fall.
RIM didn’t say who the potential licensees will be, but we already know Samsung is not interested in the platform. Amazon could be a potential partner, although it’s already deeply invested in Android, so it seems unlikely.