For the past couple of years BlackBerry LLC (formerly RIM) has been having have problems. In early 2011 all the mounting problems lead to people speculating about just what company will buy the struggling mobile manufacturer. One of the first companies rumored to buy them was Redmond-based Microsoft. Since that time several other companies; including Google, Cisco and Samsung; have been rumored to buy BlackBerry. The latest of these rumors surfaced last Thursday when The Wall Street Journal reported that China-based Lenovo was contemplating an offer for the Canadian company.
“Apart from lurking competition from Microsoft, which recently acquired Nokia, and was rumoured to also have an interest in BlackBerry, Lenovo today is globally regarded as a white-label or grey market smartphone player, holding number 4 or 5 position in the world, mainly catering to the mid and low-end user segment.
Lenovo has been around since 1984 where they have mostly know as a laptop manufacturer that purchase the Thinkpad line from IBM. A few year ago they started get into the smartphone business in China. Rumors start earlier this year that Lenovo was primed to buy BlackBerry in order to break into the smartphone market on the North American Continent. Those early rumors were soon quashed when Lenovo said they had no interest in buying the Canadian company at this time. Since that time BlackBerry has officially put themselves up for sale prompting Lenovo to take a second look.
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