KOREAN PHONE GIANT Samsung has laughed off rumours that it plans to license Research in Motion's upcoming Blackberry 10 operating system, once RIM releases that early next year.
Earlier this week speculation surfaced claiming that Samsung was in discussions with RIM about licensing its Blackberry 10 operating system. Jefferies analyst Peter Misek fired up the rumour mill, saying, "RIM is attempting to revive discussions with Samsung regarding a BB10 licensing deal."
However, unsurprisingly, Samsung has now come forward to lay the rumours to rest, saying that the company has no interest in taking on RIM's yet to be released operating system.
In a statement a Samsung spokesperson said, "Samsung Electronics has not considered the acquisition of Research in Motion or licensing BB 10."
Meritz Securities analyst Lee Sei-cheol backed up Samsung's short statement, saying that licensing RIM's operating system would be nothing but a bad move for the market leaders.
Speaking to Reuters, he said, "RIM has already lost its initiative in the smartphone market and what is left doesn't look really attractive to the likes of Samsung."
However, he did spark yet more rumours of a Blackberry buyout, saying that selling its patent portfolio could pull RIM out of the red, adding, "Should they have a deep patent pool, that might be the most appealing asset to potential acquirers." µ