Facebook has emerged as a potential buyer for BlackBerry after the manufacturer sent executives to meet representatives of the social media giant last week.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook's interest remains 'unclear', although a takeover would represent an opportunity for the company to build its own smartphone. Spokesmen for BlackBerry and Facebook declined to comment.
Facebook's attempts to look beyond mobile apps have had mixed results. The HTC First smartphone, which had its Facebook Home Android skin embedded as standard, failed to hit the UK after sluggish sales in the United States. While Android users can download and use Facebook Home onto their devices, take-up has been slow. If Facebook was to take over BlackBerry, it would contrast with former statements by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has formerly said handsets were 'the wrong strategy' for the company.
In September the struggling smartphone maker was subject of a $4.7 billion bid from fellow Canadian firm, Fairfax Financial, and confirmed it had signed a letter of intent with the company. Last month Samsung, LG, Google, Cisco Systems and Intel Corp were touted as potential bidders, although nothing concrete has occurred yet.
Author: Matthew Campelli