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RIM to License BlackBerry 10 OS to HTC and Samsung?

Research in Motion reportedly plans to license its BlackBerry operating system to companies like Samsung and HTC.

According to an articleon Information Week, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek informed that the company is considering licensing the BlackBerry 10 operating system to rival companies like HTC and Samsung.

The company is already considering this move even before it has launched or even unveiled its new operating system. RIM is expected to showcase the OS at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month and launch the first BB10 device towards the end of this year.

"We think some of this has already been started with RIM likely agreeing to license Blackberry 10 to Samsung, HTC, and possibly others," the researcher said.

"This would help create a critical mass for the ecosystem and maintain RIM's monthly service revenue; however, it puts more pressure on the hardware business in the short term," Misek said in the research note.

The researcher speculated that such a move might make people move towards the BB10 and perhaps RIM will be able to sell more BB10 based devices.