Mobile Leadership Strategies

Licensing BlackBerry 10 a Real Possibility, RIM Says

Daily Insight | Wally Swain | January 22, 2013

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As the days continue to count down to the much anticipated release of the BlackBerry 10 (BB10) platform and devices on Jan. 30, Research In Motion (RIM) continues to make headlines. This time, it’s CEO Thorsten Heins saying the company would consider licensing BB10.


According to the Los Angeles Times, Heins made the comments in a recent interview with German newspaper Die Welt. Although the CEO called the possibility of licensing BB10 to other handset makers “conceivable,” he added that RIM would have to first see how its own devices running the platform fare against the iOS and the Android OSs leading the way. Also in the interview with the German newspaper, Heins said the impending release of BB10 is a “crucial moment” for the Canada-based company as it looks to regain a leading position in the mobile market.


Yankee Group Senior VP of Research Wally Swain comments


“Thorsten Heins is definitely right that this is an important juncture for RIM, so he should wait to see how BB10 is accepted in the marketplace. Until recently, investors had been acting like the company was worth more broken up than it was an integrated unit. Now the buzz around BB10 has them believing in the original strategy again.


We like what we have seen of BB10, but the marketplace is the final arbiter: The devices themselves and ecosystem will ultimately tell the tale. If consumers do not embrace the devices then (and only then) will it be time to see what can be done with the company's various valuable assets, including QNX and BB10.”

Mobile Broadband Strategies

Nokia Sees a Boost from Telecom Joint Venture

Daily Insight | Ken Rehbehn | January 22, 2013


A lot of people know the name Nokia thanks to its smartphone manufacturing, but the company is starting to see more gains from its joint venture with Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). NSN has landed some 4G deals with big names such as T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular, bringing its telecom business to the forefront.

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Mobile Marketing and Commerce Strategies

Corporate Banking Goes Mobile with ING

Daily Insight | Nick Holland | January 22, 2013


Many developments within the mobile banking space have been focused on consumer banks, but financial institutions in the corporate space are also rolling out platforms to help companies take care of business while on the go.

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Mobile Application and Cloud Strategies

BlackBerry World Store Adds Music and Video Content

Daily Insight | Jason Armitage | January 22, 2013


Research In Motion (RIM) is getting ready for the upcoming release of its new OS BlackBerry 10 (BB10) by announcing a redesigned BlackBerry World app store featuring music and video content for the first time.

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Mobile and Connected Device Strategies

AMD Makes Moves to Bolster Its Mobile Positioning

Daily Insight | Boris Metodiev | January 22, 2013


Chipmaker AMD has been a staple of the PC and notebook PC markets for some time, but the company is now looking to build out a talented workforce that will help it grow in the lucrative mobile market.

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