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RIM confirms BlackBerry 10 'can be licensed' as it enters final stages of testing

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RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has said that as BlackBerry 10 enters its final stages of testing, the company is looking at how to deploy it in other areas, saying that "the platform can be licensed."

BlackBerry 10 Cascades on phone
BlackBerry 10 Cascades on phone

In an interview with Bloomberg, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has said that the BlackBerry 10 platform, now in its final stages of testing, may end up being licensed. Heins said that the company was looking at how it could be used by other companies, comparing it to BlackBerry 10's underlying QNX software, which is used by multiple industries. "QNX is already licensed across the automotive sector — we could do that with BB10 if we chose to," he says. "The platform can be licensed." This statement is perhaps the most definitive of the many he's given in the past few months, especially because he apparently ties it to the ongoing testing and dispenses with claims that the team needs to "prove" BlackBerry 10.

Heins also says that the struggling company hopes to expand beyond its current mobile focus to include automatic machine-to-machine communications or other forms of mobile computing. "Smartphones are a part of our business, but we’re looking way beyond this."