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Will Samsung buy BlackBerry?

With BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) struggling in every way possible at the moment, rumours abound that Samsung, amongst others, is interested in buying the Canadian company.

Although Samsung has moved to quash all talk of interest in RIM, the idea of RIM joining forces with another smartphone manufacturer would definitely send shockwaves through the industry.

With RIM’s stock prices plummeting by 70% over the last 12 months, and the launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform continuing to face setbacks, a merger or a deal that sees the companies still preserve individual identities, could be just the thing to reverse RIM’s fortunes.

Samsung, on the other hand, is said to have several new products in the pipeline, including two Windows Phone 8-based phones.

RIM buyout: would it really work?

Ovum analyst Nick Dillon, argues that RIM is an unlikely match for Samsung, who is more likely to continue with Android or its own Bada platform, rather than opting for the BlackBerry OS.

“It doesn’t really make sense for either company. Nothing has changed since the last Samsung rumour. QNX is a technologically capable platform, but is unproven in the smartphone market,”

Dillon also dismisses the idea that IBM, who was also rumoured to be interested in RIM, could be a fit for the company.

“IBM removed itself from the devices market seven years ago and as far as I’m aware has shown no signs of wanting to get back in it,”

Microsoft considering a deal?

Software giant Microsoft is another company that is speculated to have its sights on RIM. According to Directions on Microsoft analyst Rob Helm, a deal between Microsoft and RIM may make a lot more sense.

“The three assets RIM has are patents, the device business and the messaging. I could picture Microsoft leveraging any of them; the patents as a legal playing card, the devices as potential targets for Windows Phone 8 and the messaging network,”

Do you think there’s still a future for Blackberry in a market dominated by Apple, Samsung and HTC? Let us know in the comments section below!

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