If you thought the BlackBerry Passport was one of the strangest smartphone devices of the year, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.
BlackBerry boss John Chen has confirmed that the Canadians are working with Boeing to provide a super-secure Android smartphone, one that’s capable of self-destruction. Amazing.
That’s the story over on Reuters, with the headline BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs. Yep, that's Boeing as in the passenger planes and fighter jets.
It’s not clear how exactly the phone self-destructs, though we’re assuming we’re talking about the obliteration of sensitive on-device data here, as opposed to a full-on exploding phone. That’d be, er, slightly dangerous. Awesome, but dangerous.
"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," purred BlackBerry CEO John Chen. "That, by the way, is all they allow me to say."
BES 12, or BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 to use its full name, will ultimately allow clients to secure devices on internal networks. As Chen says, this Boeing phone is of the Android variety; iOS is supported, too.
The Boeing phone has dual SIM compatibility allowing it to connect to multiple networks, and can even hook up with satellites. Throw in a range of biometric sensors, and you have a phone we’re very much interested in playing with. Any spies out there willing to share?