Research In Motion has started delivering nearly complete versions of BlackBerry 10 devices to phone carriers. BlackBerry 10 is expected to be released in early 2013. According to an executive with a phone carrier that has been presentations of the new devices, BlackBerry 10 is looking impressive. The executive said that the devices are a major improvement from current BlackBerry models and it will make the company more competitive with Google Android. Upon launch, there will be six BB10 handsets device between QWERTY keyboard devices and touchscreen devices. Two units will be launched early 2013, one touchscreen and the other with a QWERTY keyboard. The BB10 smartphones will have replaceable batteries.
According to Bloomberg, Research In Motion is close to licensing BlackBerry 10. “QNX is already licensed across the automotive sector — we could do that with BB10 if we chose to,” said Heins. “The platform can be licensed.” We do not know who RIM will be partnering with, but Samsung has already denied that they will be licensing BlackBerry 10.
Yesterday I wrote about how Samsung is not interested in licensing RIM, but apparently IBM in purchasing RIM in some form. According to sources with Bloomberg, IBM has “made an informal approach” to buy RIM’s Enterprise Services unit. RIM held off because they want to wait and see what happens with BlackBerry 10. I don’t know whether this was a smart move or not because RIM seems to be putting all of their eggs in one basket. There is also a chance that IBM will not give an offer like this again.
Earlier this month, we wrote about how RIM CEO Thorstein Heins said that the company is exploring licensing agreements with companies like Samsung and Sony. Samsung is not having it because a company spokesperson told AllThingsD: “Samsung Electronics has not considered the acquisition of Research In Motion or licensing BB10.” Well, at least RIM successfully appealed that $147 million patent lawsuit and Sony has not denied the talks based on what I’ve heard.
RIM has been able to successfully appeal a patent infringement verdict against Mformation. RIM would have been forced to pay $147.2 million if the appeal did not happen. Mformation filed a lawsuit against RIM for violation of a remote management patent and a jury sided with them. However a judge in California has overturned the decision upon reexamination of the evidence. Below is a press release about the lawsuit appeal:
Research In Motion will be releasing the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system in 2012. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said that RIM will be exploring licensing agreements with companies like Samsung and Sony according to Telegraph UK. This could definitely help increase BlackBerry’s market share.
n4bbdotcom has uploaded a video with a demo of BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha. It turns out that the operating system has a Siri-like feature. The feature has a voice command function with an operator whose voice is actually very similar to Siri. Check out the video blew to see BlackBerry’s voice command in action.
A judge in northern California has ordered Research In Motion (RIM) to pay $147.2 million as a penalty over patent litigation regarding a remote management system for wireless devices. Mformation Technologies Inc. was the plaintiff in this case. The verdict was reported on Friday at a federal court in San Francisco.