Hugo Miller in Bloomberg on the pending fate of BlackBerry:
BlackBerry shares jumped the most in more than a month after Lenovo Group Ltd.’s chief executive officer was quoted in a French financial newspaper as saying his company may eventually consider buying the smartphone maker.
A little sniffing around the carcass does wonders for the stock price. BlackBerry rose 14-percent on the news and is up 26-percent on the year.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins on licensing the new BlackBerry 10 software to OEMs.
If OEMs come around and the business case makes sense as a whole, we would certainly consider it. We’d not be prudent not to consider it.
Allow me the privilege of announcing that kind of licensing deal is dead in the water. It’s not working out for Microsoft Windows Phone, and the competition is Apple’s tightly integrated iOS and ecosystem, and Google’s Android OS, which is free.
What once worked for Windows on PCs will not work on mobile devices. Licensing is dead.