BlackBerry is working with Boeing on development of the Boeing Black phone that is geared toward government officials, or those who require the highest-level of security. The phone that’s in development would self-destruct if it were tampered with to any degree. Specifically, if the casing were tampered with the device would wipe all of the data that exists on the various drives.
This is an interesting move for BlackBerry who has been struggling over the last several years to gain back users that it lost previously as the smartphone space evolved, and went more-exclusively to Android and iOS. This device though, would not be operating on the BlackBerry operating system. Instead, the device would be Android-running, and would challenge the highest specifications that any smartphone has ever boasted. While Boeing is not a familiar name in the smartphone space, or even the mobile technologies spaces in general – the Chicago-based company has worked on a wealth of contracts for the United States government – who this project would undoubtedly be created for.
John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO said in a conference call “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.” However, going beyond that, he wasn’t able to say much more – and there aren’t a tremendous amount of details surfacing right now, about the device or what it might look like. Boeing has said to have offered the device to select users at this point, but that it’s far from a final prototype. The device uses dual SIM cards to ensure that the device can connect to and run from multiple service networks.
BlackBerry though has taken an interesting approach over the last several months as it’s related to their mobile business. While the company has tight lipped but admittedly open to the notion of getting away from the smartphone business entirely, and focusing more on the software business – the company did just release the BlackBerry Classic which followed the BlackBerry Passport by just a month.
The Classic is exactly what most BlackBerry fanatics remember from the early smartphone days when BlackBerry owned the smartphone market – particularly with enterprise users. The device functions well on most tests, but it’s unclear right now how this will help the company moving forward. The BlackBerry Classic is currently available for pre-order, and will be on sale next month. It costs just $450 and is entirely unlocked.
On the flipside of that though, BlackBerry has been working on their BlackBerry Enterprise Service – or what has already been referenced as BES 12. The service essentially allows users to manage, secure, and work with any device within a network – that focuses on security – whether it’s a BlackBerry, running iOS, or running Android. This is what many consider to be the BlackBerry of the future – as the company is running out of time to make their smartphone business continue to work.