Research in Motion is COVERING Its Bases

Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) will soon be licensing its new BlackBerry 10 operating system to other manufacturers, according to a report on Monday.

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The new platform is now in the final stages of testing, CEO Thorsten Heins told Bloomberg News, and RIM is considering how other companies may be able to use it in a range of products, as companies including Samsung, Nokia (NYSE:NOK), and LG have done with Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform.

“QNX is already licensed across the automotive sector — we could do that with BB10 if we chose to,” Heins told Bloomberg. “The platform can be licensed.”

RIM is set to launch its own line of BB10 devices in the first quarter of 2013, and is pinning its hopes on the new mobile OS to revive sales that have fallen off due to competition from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Android devices.

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