Research in Motion

Research In Motion (RIM) is a Canadian company best known for developing the BlackBerry, which was the dominant popular smartphone until the advent of Apple’s iPhone in 2007. The iPhone quickly found favour with BlackBerry users, particularly in corporate circle, and competition intensified after the iPhone’s success inspired companies like Samsung Electronics to launch smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating system. In January 2013, RIM launched a comeback effort, with a new line of handsets, and changed its name to BlackBerry.

BlackBerry has sought to add value to its popular instant messaging service even as its handsets lose ground. Photo: AP

BlackBerry eyes spinoff of messaging service: report

BlackBerry is considering spinning off its messaging service into a separate unit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, quoting people familiar with the matter.

The subsidiary would be called BBM, the newspaper said.