Future Samsung smartphones could be powered by Research In Motion’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system according to a new round of market chatter. Rumors tossed around Wall Street Friday morning suggest that Samsung is preparing to make a $1.5 billion investment in RIM, which will then license its upcoming next-generation operating system to Samsung for upcoming smartphones. Samsung may have been driven to the deal due to concerns surrounding the future of Android following Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Barron’s reports. BGC Partners analyst Collin Gillis, who recently held meetings with Samsung executives, says BlackBerry 10 phones from Samsung are a possibility, but he believes Samsung may be more likely to turn to Microsoft’s next-generation Windows Phone 8 software instead. RIM has long-been rumored to be pushing its software on various vendors in an effort to secure licensing agreements, however no deals have materialized to date. RIM’s stock is up 5% on the rumor.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.