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Samsung Says It Has No Plans to Buy BlackBerry

by Jacob Kleinman | January 19, 2015January 19, 2015 10:00 am PDT

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Last week, the rumor mill was buzzing at full speed with news that Samsung might be interested in buying BlackBerry. It didn’t take very long for the Canadian phone-maker to deny the rumors, and now Samsung is shooting down those claims as well.

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung co-CEO and mobile Chief JK Shin said the company has no interest in buying BlackBerry, though a partnership may still be in the works. “We want to work with BlackBerry and develop this partnership, not acquire the company,” Shin said. Recent talks between the two firms have reportedly focused on sharing technology, though that could explain where the initial rumor came from.

It’s also unclear exactly why Samsung would want to buy BlackBerry in the first place. It’s not about the patents, since Samsung already has one of the biggest trove of patents in industry. The company has also been making steady progress with its security software Knox, so it’s probably not about gaining access to BlackBerry’s secure network.

For now, it looks like BlackBerry will stick things out on its own, though we wouldn’t be too surprised to see another company scoop up the Canadian firm in the future.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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