Canadian mobile company BlackBerry LTD is working in partnership with Boeing Company to develop a smartphone which self destructs if it is tampered with by someone other than the user. The device will be known as Boeing Black.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said on a conference call held to discuss its mixed third quarter results, “We’re pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform. That, by the way, is all they allow me to say.”
The Boeing Black smartphone encrypts calls and is aimed at federal agencies where data and communication security is of paramount importance. The device has a dual SIM setup and can be programmed to access biometric sensors and satellites.
BES is a mobile device management platform and it will enable enterprises to police cross-platform devices, including those running Android and iOS.
There have been talks about a hush-hush smartphone being developed by Boeing in close cooperation with BlackBerry. The device in question is very strange – Firstly it is a device which is based on an Android platform it is made in cooperation between two entities that are alike as chalk and cheese. Again it is very hush-hush affair and details are terribly scarce.
Whatever is the outcome of this new partnership, it is welcome news for BlackBerry which is deep in red. Security was one of the key features of the BlackBerry platform and it had closely worked with the establishment earlier. The military is interested in smartphones though Android seems to be the preferred platform. It is a good sign that BlackBerry is willing to work with Android and there are future prospects which BlackBerry can pursue to allay its woes.