Blackberry Working With Boeing To Develop Self-Destructing ‘Black’ Phone
Blackberry is not the company that blindly follows latest design trends. This is one of the main reasons why it has failed to produce a successful smartphone. But Blackberry has never compromised on one thing — data security.
That is why Boeing has chosen Blackberry as a partner to develop their smartphone known as “Black.” The Android-based device will focus on data security and help government and other agencies where data protection is crucial. So far we know only two features of the phone: it will self-destruct if an unauthorized person tries to access secret data, and it will encrypt all calls.
Boeing — the company behind Black phone — is a Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor. They are best known for jetliners and fighter planes. We are unsure why they are interested in developing a smartphone which would be aimed at government and intelligence agencies.
“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,” told BlackBerry CEO John Chen to Reuters.
Blackberry Enterprise Service (BES 12) is a newly launched service from the struggling company that allows clients such as large companies and government to secure their devices regardless of what operating system they use. It means that Blackberry doesn’t discriminate on the basis of operating system and offers same security services to iOS and Android-based devices as those running Blackberry’s OS.
Blackberry is known for its secure infrastructure. Last year, it was revealed that President of United States Barrack Obama was banned from using iPhone because of “security reasons.”
The President was also seen using Blackberry Bold 9900 in December 2012.
“That, by the way, is all they allow me to say,” said Chen. It is not know how self-destruct feature would work and whether it would be safe for the real owner of the device or not. Moreover, how would the device tackle the state-of-art botnet and hacking threats is also not known.
Would the Black phone come out to be the most secure phone ever? Let us know what you think in the comments below.