The self-destructing Boeing Black Android smartphone will use BlackBerry's mobile security platform

The self-destructing Boeing Black Android smartphone will use BlackBerry's mobile security platform

While Boeing has made a name for itself in the aerospace and defense industries, the Chicago-based company is also working on a super-secure smartphone called Boeing Black. In fact, it’s been doing it since 2012, but we’ve yet to see the final product. However, we now know that Boeing has partnered with BlackBerry to bring the latter’s BES 12 platform to the handset in order to provide a secure environment.

Yesterday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed that the company would “provide a secure mobile solution for [Boeing] Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform,” though he couldn’t say more about the deal - because he isn’t allowed to.

The Boeing Black is a dual-SIM handset that can connect to multiple networks, satellites, and even biometric sensors. More interestingly, the device can reportedly self-destruct if it’s tampered with.

It’s unlikely that the Boeing Black will be sold to consumers. The smartphone is primarily made for “governmental agencies and their contractors to ensure that data and voice communications undertaken by their respective employees are transmitted and stored in a highly secure manner.” According to Reuters, Boeing is already offering the Black smartphone to potential customers. Hopefully, we’ll be able to actually see the handset soon, as it seems to be a very interesting piece of technology.

source: Reuters

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20 Comments

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21148; Member since: May 28, 2014

Boeing partnering with BlackBerry is great news. It shows that those that want the very best in security turn to the best in security, and the best is BlackBerry. I look forward to hearing about the fruits of their labor, as I am looking forward to more positive news like this about BlackBerry. First Samsung, now Boeing. There will be others.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3048; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I must correct you. BlackBerry is not the best in security - it's the ONLY one for security. Blackphone was hacked in a matter of hours and Knox.....well, let's leave that one alone. Cheers brutha.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21148; Member since: May 28, 2014

I stand corrected. A true gentleman can admit when he's wrong, and in this case, I'm happy to be wrong. Cheers, bruh.

13. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2122; Member since: May 29, 2014

Best of both worlds.

17. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I think Blackberry should really learn from this BOEING phone a lot. this Boeing phone use ANDROID and ALSO CAN BE MORE secure than BB. Perhaps BB should also think why BOEING want to use ANDROID instead of their BB OS 10, and start making android phone just like BOEING phone to survive.

19. MIG31_FoxHound

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Hi Without understanding OS Platform and Security features how can u comment,..... Boeing phone how long u have used ....? ????? Open ur android device and use FB and Instagram that only it can do ...... But BB is something not for fun

20. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Are you paid by google to come to all BB articles and troll? I also use android. I don't have any advantage of using Android except the ecosystem. But i did not miss anything in my WP also. The Android apps can be used in BB now. Then what is the point of having the laggy and buggy Android OS?

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