Research in Motion (RIM) has had a tough time of it over the last 12 months. 2011 saw it attempt to revive its fortunes in the smartphone market with the BlackBerry OS 7.0 platform and various new iterations of popular handset like the Bold and the Curve.
It even launched its own tablet, the BlackBerry Playbook, but after abysmal sales there were rumours that it might follow HP and ditch its entire inventory at a reduced price, which is still on the cards according to some sources.
The latest reports suggest that RIM is trying to find a big name buyer for the BlackBerry brand, which it values at around $15 billion (£9.5 billion). Samsung is apparently the company that RIM has approached in order to see whether it will be able to secure a takeover bid, but a spokesperson for the company said that it was not considering making any kind of offer.
Samsung is doing very well in its own rights, with the Galaxy S2 HD destined for release in the next few weeks. This revised iteration of the multi-million selling original features a larger 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with a high definition resolution of 1280×720.
For all intents and purposes the Galaxy S2 HD looks like it is going to be a tweaked version of the Galaxy Nexus, with Android 4.0 preinstalled along with the TouchWiz interface that Samsung applies to most of its own-brand handsets.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also on the cards, with an official unveiling planned to take place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While the Galaxy S2 and S2 HD use dual core processors, the S3 will probably come with a quad core chip onboard, once more increasing the number crunching power of this premiere Android range.
Other changes for the Galaxy S3 could include an edge to edge screen which stretches right to the rim of the handset, minimising the appearance of any bezel. Samsung will presumably make the smartphone slimmer than ever before as part of its ongoing battle with Apple and the slender iPhone 4S.
It is difficult to imagine where ownership of BlackBerry might fall into Samsung`s plans and this perhaps explains why the company is not interested in listening to RIM`s offer.
RIM is planning to launch at least one next generation BlackBerry handset in the coming year, this time running the new BBX operating system which is based on the QNX platform found onboard the Playbook tablet.
The software update will certainly allow BlackBerry mobiles to compete on a level playing field with the smartphones being readied for release by its rivals. However, it remains to be seen whether yet another operating system will be able to survive in a market dominated by Apple and Google, with Microsoft making major progress thanks to improved uptake of Windows Phone and its associated handsets made by Nokia, HTC and of course Samsung.