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Blackberry Involved with Secretive Boeing Black Smartphone

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday December 23, 2014.

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We heard a few months ago that Boeing (yes, that Boeing) is developing its own smartphone that is very top secret, and is likely to be a high end effort. Today we are learning that Blackberry is in on the project too, with Reuters reporting that Blackberry CEO John Chen announced the involvement last week.

He said he was "pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with Blackberry to provide a secure solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform".

The project is so top secret that Chen said he was not allowed to say more than that, but more details would be available in the near future. It seems as though Boeing is building an Android smartphone, but will use Blackberry's software for security. The so-called Boeing Black will apparently come with the ability to self-destruct like something from James Bond. I assume that will be the inner components killing themselves as opposed to a nuclear like blast of the whole device.

The device is being built by a company that has several secret contract with government agencies, so we expect this handset to be properly high end, while it will be used by the top echelons of security within the United States.

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