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Samsung may extend its current partnership with BlackBerry, but won't buy it

The head of Samsung's mobile phone division stated today that the company could extend its current partnership with BlackBerry. However, he repeated what the company said last week that Samsung has no plans to acquire BlackBerry itself.

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung's mobile phone leader J.K. Shin stated, "We want to work with BlackBerry and develop this partnership, not acquire the company." In November, Samsung and BlackBerry announced the two companies would team up to provide Android device owners better end-to-end security via BES12 and Samsung KNOX. In today's interview, Shin said, "We are satisfied with the progress of Knox, including the quality of security and protection that it enables, and remain committed to Knox over the long term."

Samsung might add more of BlackBerry's technology inside of its smartphones, according to the company, but details have yet to be announced. However, buying out BlackBerry itself is counter to the company's strategy, according to Shin. There has been speculation that Samsung might be interested in BlackBerry's 44,000 patents but Shin stated that was not true, adding that Samsung has over 110,000 patents it has on its own.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

41 Comments
  • Blackberry Knox psn: zaid-zozo-xx-28
  • The head of Samsung's mobile phone division stated today that the company could extend its current partnership with Samsung?
  • no value there. those french canucks aren't that bright.
  • ? The Blackberry company is not in Quebec... No one speaks french there.. if you want to insult French speaking people, at least try to make sense you grease-eating american.
  • Oh yea -a Posted via the Android Central App
  • ha that's funny coming from someone whose people's contribution to the world is poutine and bad software.
  • So, you counter his insult with an insult? I would have sided with you, had you ended your comment after the first sentence. But, you just had to take it a step further. As someone that defends this "grease-eating american,' I'm appalled at this comment. And, by the way, no grease on me: I could wipe the floor with you, grease or no grease.
  • So you counter his insult with threats of violence? Real mature. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You're right, it is immature. And, for that, I apologize. But, frankly, I'm tired of all of the insults that Americans receive on this website. Sure, some insults are solicited, such as the replies to the comments that Gekko routinely posts to BlackBerry articles on Android Central. However, as an American, we are routinely insulted by every other country's citizens that read this website. It, quite literally, pisses me off. But, you only took issue with my comment: I take it you're a Canadian that approves of his comment. Tell me, do you also hate 'grease-eating Americans?"
  • Or you know, we could all talk about the topic of the article? "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • You're right, Sax. I am sorry. I retract all of my comments. They were completely out of line.
  • Oh, you don't have to apologize to me, I completely agree with you. I just feel like ragging on anyone for where they live is a stupid habit. Life tip guys, moving is expensive as hell and most of you live where you do simply because that's where your parents ended up. I can't think of many people that have actually left their country of birth because said country consumes too much grease, or has contributed nothing to the world but poutine (which in itself is a rather wonderful contribution. Imo. Freaking delicious.) But yeah. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • I don't think an apology is needed. I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • +1 I'm the kind of guy that stops a microwave at 1 second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Well your comment shows who is not to Bright.....
  • "too bright" Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks Officer..
  • Samsung's agenda with KNOX always makes me queasy. This is because I'm never sure if they really care about end-user security or if they just want more strict ways to enforce their hardware warranty on the software level.
  • What about Google and Knox? Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • People have glossed over that relationship. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Of course they have Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • I think it's a smart idea for Samsung to partner up with Blackberry. Samsung wants to make inroads into the enterprise space with more secure devices and Blackberry needs $. Seems like a win-win for both.
  • I would feel a little more secure as a BlackBerry and Samsung user if there was more BlackBerry security influence within Samsung. Posted via the Android Central App from my Nexus 7
  • Where do you get your info? Blackberry doesn't need money.
  • love my note 4 but that bb classic is sexy. has nothing to do with the article but still lol
  • I liked BB10 and would use a Classic if Google Play store was available like the Amazon app store is on Blackberry. Posted via the Android Central App on my Xperia Z3 Compact
  • You can actually load the play store on a classic, just has a round about way of it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes you can and I believe Google services might be coming to BB10 soon.
  • I highly doubt we'll see Google services official on BB10, but if it's there even as a hack, good bye Android, it's been real. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • So true Posted via the Android Central App
  • Right..... They all start out as a partnership..... Posted via the Android Central App
  • As long as it's just the security their after, they can keep that glitchy OS Sent flawlessly from my Note 4
  • This is just a way of saving face: you NEVER publicly comment on negotiations for matters as sensitive as buyouts. It has been rumored for awhile that Samsung might make an offer on BlackBerry: and, contrary to popular belief or what any blind fanboy will tell you, this purchase makes a lot of sense. For Samsung: their reliance on Google is starting to scare them. Samsung wants as diverse of a product portfolio as possible. Hence why: They've expanded development of Tizen to smartphones, watches, and smart TVs;
    hinted at Microsoft that they'd be willing to make a valiant return to developing Windows Phones;
    they've been exploring a possible buyout of BlackBerry. Samsung wants to reduce its reliance on Google. For BlackBerrry, this purchase would rapidly expand their market potential;
    it would possibly add value to the company;
    and, it would allow Blackberry to become even more profitable in the enterprise sector, should Samsung keep the company intact in its form prior to any buyout. BlackBerry wants to return to profitability. Just a thought.
  • Personally, I'd like it if there were more OS options so that we could have a more diverse choice of operating system on whatever hardware we bought. Maybe a more mature Tizen is a good thing. It will not happen like this, but it's just a thought. Posted via the Android Central App
  • @E Murray I agree, if this were to happen (not saying it is), I wouldn't want Tizen to replace BB10. Obviously, even with low marketshare, millions of people still use and enjoy the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Less choice and competition is always a bad thing. But, assuming this were to go through, it'd be in Samsung's (and the Canadian and American governments') best interest to leave the BB10 operating system and staff assigned to that unit untouched, as it could have negative implications on all involved. A more mature Tizen OS would be a good thing; whether or not a move like this would improve Tizen is an entirely different debate.
  • The Canadian nor American Government would allow Samsung to acquire Blackberry, it's not that Samsung has no plans to acquire them they can't !!!!!!
  • I both agree and disagree. Right now, with BlackBerry's recent rebound, the prospects of a buyout are very slim. However, a year and a half ago, a buyout seemed almost imminent. Sure, Lenovo got turned down, but the Canadian government would have come under heavier scrutiny had it allowed BlackBerry to go bankrupt without letting the company entertain any offers whatsoever.
  • As a former BB user and a current Samsung user this is definitely a good thing for both companies. Posted Via AT&T Note 3
  • Buying out Blackberry is completely is counter to Samsung. Yeah. Just as long as we can integrate more of their technology and patents into our own phones why do we need to buy them out? Why would we need that mess of debt,people, and infrastructure when we can get what they have without it? No no, we will just continue our integration and when the BB brand is no longer viable - Whoops what happened? Oh what a shame.
  • To sell BES as a standalone. Bb already outsources the hardware, and if Samsung would do that as well, there is another source of revenue. It does make sense from Samsung point Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • They may have arranged a first-dibs agreement in case things go bad/enemies try to buy it.