Boeing announces plans to develop super secure Android phones.
When you think of Boeing, the first thing that comes to mind is the great planes that they development which move people around the world. But today, there are many reports that Boeing has announced plans to develop a very secure phone for use by the government and base it on the Android OS. Now don’t jump to conclusions and start asking when you might be able to go out and purchase one. These are not going to be your run of the mill phones, but rather ones which have encryption and are often used by the military or security agencies. The current price tag is $15,000 to $20,000 for these super secure mobile devices that already exist.
This is all based on information contained in a National Defense Magazine article where Boeing has made a decision to enter into this product area. Their hope is to be able to develop a secure phone based on the Android OS and deliver it at a lower price than what is currently being charged. But that does not mean that it is going to be affordable for the mass market. That is unless you believe that a staring price of $10,000 is going to be affordable for the general population. What price they actually may end up charging is currently an unknown for them. In the world of defense and intelligence, these kinds of devices are essential and Boeing should not have any problems finding a market for what they are planning to do. Given their current relationships with governments and their know how for security at their plants, they are capable of creating a secure phone with encryption that meets the needs of a very specialized market.
The idea of utilizing Android as the starting point for the OS does sound a little strange. The reasoning behind that idea is that it is a familiar environment for so many who currently own those kind of devices. They are simplifying the interface for those who are already familiar with it. Another reason is the availability of apps which can be easily added to the coming “Boeing phone” so that they do not have to develop them. Those apps are a two edge sword and we hear with some regularity of infected apps and security leaks contained in them. That will create a challenge for Boeing to overcome.
Exactly when Boeing is going to have something ready to come to market is unknown. With the history of long lead times for products, it may be a few years before the first one is actually available. That is unless they have already been working on this for years, which means they could deliver later this year.
Are you ready for a super secure “Boeing phone”?