BlackBerry is collaborating with Boeing on its self-destructing Black phone.
Boeing — yes, the same Boeing that builds airplanes and aerospace technology — is developing the privacy-friendly Black phone that will permanently erase all software and data stored on it if tampered with. The phone also encrypts phone calls and any data transmitted; it is designed specifically for government agencies that need to protect highly sensitive data.
So where does BlackBerry come in?
BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced that the collaboration would "provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing [their] BES12 platform."
BES12, the latest version of BlackBerry Enterprise Service, is the company's device management software with enterprise-level security features. It has been cross-platform since BES10, so it works not only with BlackBerry, but also with Android and iOS.
We first learned about the Boeing phone in early 2014. The Android device supports two SIM cards so it can access multiple networks; it will also be configured to work with biometrics, like fingerprint sensors and eye scanners.
Boeing has bee in touch with potential customers about the phone, according to Reuters.
Tags: ALPHABET, APPS AND SOFTWARE, BLACKBERRY, BOEING, MOBILE, PHONES, Tech