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.