Ok this was so obviously in the cards. Blackberry announced it will stop making its own smartphones and now seeks to have Blackberry branded Android phones made by some licensed third party. RIP BB. Of the smartphone brands in the Top 10 from just six years ago, at the start of year 2010, when I pronounced we're entering the 'Bloodbath' only 3 brands remain in the Top 10 (Samsung, Apple and LG). So Nokia, Blackberry, Ericsson, Motorola and Palm are dead (although Nokia about to come back). HTC and Sony remain far outside the Top 10. Sharp only sells in Japan anymore. Sammy and Apple are pretty safe to dominate the smartphone space with Huawei of China, LG.. not that certain, they have had their ups and downs. LG could go the way of Sony if things don't improve. Sony meanwhile, it looks like the next HTC. And HTC, gosh its obviously the next Blackberry.