Boeing Phone to touch down later this year

Boeing Phone to touch down later this yearIt's no wonder that Android phones rule the mobile roost these days. Just about everyone is making the things: Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Panasonic, HTC, Boeing, LG... the list goes on and on.

Hang on – was that Boeing in there, I hear you ask? Indeed it was – the aerospace giant is the latest to sign on the lime green dotted line, and is expected to launch its own Android smartphone later this year.

But before the industry giants start casting their eyes around nervous at the prospect of this new arrival on the mobile scene, it's probably worth pointing out that the Boeing Phone isn't being aimed at the ordinary mobile punter.

It's specifically being developed for government and military types, and will have some pretty serious security measures on board. According to the National Defense Magazine, which surfaced the story, Boeing is looking to undercut rival devices, which typically go for between $15,000 and $20,000. Yes, each.

Boeing reckons the device will appeal to those who need uncompromised security but still want the consumer-level features, familiar interface and access to popular apps that Android offers.

You'll have to make do with Android 2.3 Gingerbread it seems, as the device is reportedly already reaching the end of its development period.

We'd promise you a review of the Boeing Phone once it's released but given how exclusive it's likely to be, (appalling Friday afternoon pun alert) we're not sure that one's going to fly.

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9 comments

dasher  Apr. 13, 2012 at 15:37

It'll never take off!

Pondlife  Apr. 13, 2012 at 15:38

Hard to see it taking off, expecting it'll wait a long while in the departures lounge, guess unlike other manfacturers they won't have much baggage so they can really let fly.

Pondlife  Apr. 13, 2012 at 15:44

Whether “the Boeing phone” will carry the company’s brand name has not been decided, Krone said. Palma also declined to reveal Boeing’s partners in the program.

Hmm now this would have been a good thing for Google to have gone into with Motorola, shouldn't worry any of the Samsung, Sony, HTC crowd and yet potentially very profitable.

SpeedyG  Apr. 13, 2012 at 16:22

I expect this to fly off the shelves at supersonic speeds!

Pondlife  Apr. 13, 2012 at 16:32

They could be in for a turbulent ride and a bumpy landing if sales figures crash

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 13, 2012 at 21:29

I swear I read "Boring Phone"....and look, my unconsciousness was right :p

Pondlife  Apr. 13, 2012 at 21:35

I think you are just plane wrong there.

SpeedyG  Apr. 13, 2012 at 22:13

Really Jan, this article clearly has flown way over your head.

Treab  Apr. 14, 2012 at 13:00

... Terrible.... just terrible...

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