It may be too early to assume BlackBerry will be sold. However, it's quickly becoming a prospect worth investigating.
Let's face facts, on its own, BlackBerry is dying; its final chance at success with the launch of the Blackberry Z10 doesn't seem to have given the firm the immediate boost it would have liked. The time is quickly coming for the company to sell its assets and figure out just how much it's worth.
But who would want to buy BlackBerry? What does the firm formerly known as RIM have to offer a potential buyer?
Lenovo has already linked its name to the beleaguered handset maker. Company chief executive officer Yang Yuanqing said in a recent interview that his company may consider buying the firm.
The pairing would make sense for the two companies. Lenovo specialises in business-focused electronics and has been looking to get into the mobile space. Furthermore Lenovo has a history of success in acquiring firms that expand the reach of its portfolio, most notably its purchase of IBM's PC division in the early 2000s.
Currently Lenovo finds itself in a difficult situation, with most of its profit reliant on the computers it sells in the PC market, an industry now suffering due to the growth of tablets and smartphones.
Enter BlackBerry, a struggling mobile company that needs to be thrown a life preserver. Lenovo could make a splash in the western smartphone market by selling enterprise-focused handsets under the BlackBerry moniker.
Not only would the move give Lenovo a jump start in the mobile sector, but it would also allow the company to further spread its reach globally.
At the moment, Lenovo doesn't get much traction in the global smartphone market. Its handsets are resigned to moderate success in places like China and greater Asia.
A major issue for Lenovo's smartphone aspirations is its brand lacks the public interest that surrounds the likes of Apple or Samsung. In the smartphone world image is everything and Lenovo has no identity in the eyes of mobile consumers.
That all changes if the firm could acquire BlackBerry. Leveraging the BlackBerry brand and enticing customers with its business-focused product history, Lenovo could quickly gain some converts.
The firm already has a history of turning out quality enterprise tools because of its experience with the Thinkpad laptop brand.
Lenovo was able to take the fledgling IBM division and within ten years turn it into one of the best selling PC brands.
Lenovo could do the same with BlackBerry. When Lenovo bought IBM's PC division, many questioned whether it would be able to turn around a company that had hit such hard times.
BlackBerry today is in a similar place to IBM's PC division then. At the moment it's rare to go through a news cycle without seeing some story about the troubles at BlackBerry. Even the company's own spokesperson uses an iPhone.
But by acquiring BlackBerry, Lenovo could begin to resurrect the company.
Lenovo could focus BlackBerry's infrastructure and patent portfolio on its own hardware. The unified BlackBerry OS has the security and tools needed to create a sustainable product while Lenovo has strong expertise in building out enterprise-focused machines.
Lenovo's past history would thus allow users to start getting excited in the possibility of cutting edge mobile devices running the BlackBerry OS.
While it would be a lot to expect a Lenovo/Blackberry team to ever compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple, the partnership could still carve out a successful niche in the mobile market.
Pairing the BlackBerry brand and tools with the Lenovo executive know-how could make a match made in heaven for enterprise consumers. Only time will tell what happens to BlackBerry, but if Lenovo were to aquire the brand it could certainly put it to good use.
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