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Huawei Doesn’t Want BlackBerry

huawei-featureHere’s one company that BlackBerry need not consider as it works to narrow down the list of parties interested in buying all or part of its business: Huawei.

Asked if Huawei might consider acquiring BlackBerry or another handset maker to bolster that business, board member Chen Lifang said the company is simply not interested.

“No, we have not considered (an acquisition),” she told reporters in London, according to Reuters. “We want to rely on ourselves.”

Which makes sense. Huawei has done very well for itself pursuing that strategy. Today, it’s the third-largest manufacturer of smartphones by volume, after Samsung and Apple. And it has claimed that title by building devices for Google’s Android operating system. So why would it bother with BlackBerry? It clearly doesn’t need it, or the company’s new BlackBerry 10 platform, which seems to have lost its bid for third place in the smartphone OS wars to Microsoft.

As Lifang said, “In manufacturing mobile phones, we have made very good progress.”

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