Boeing to release a Super-Secure Android Smartphone later this year
After producing commercial airlines, helicopter, and satellites, Boeing has stepped right into the hot market of Android Smartphones. The National Defense Magazine has revealed that the company is working on a highly-secure Android based Smartphone, which might be releasing later this year.
The president of Boeing Roger Krone declined to go into the specifics of the device’s hardware or release date, but did mention that the device is nearing the development cycle. The company has not yet decided a name for the Boeing Phone and as it has been in the works for a while now, so it acts like a safe bet to guess that the spec sheet isn’t too competitive and that would leave the device with either Froyo or Gingerbread.
Boeing had already kept an eye on the secure communications markets of the big competitors, who often price their devices within a five-figure range. The company plans to offer their Smartphone at a much lower price and thus, make it more affordable for the procurement folks within the Defense Department and other security-conscious operations.
With the cost being low and company of the Google’s OS accounting for more than 50% of the U.S. Smartphone market, users are sure to expect more from the device. In a short talk with the National Defense Magazine’s Stew Magnuson, Krone said that the phone is sure to give the users what they are used to be seeing on the consumer market and also provide a functionality from the security prospective.
Boeing is not the first company to jump out of its primary platform and jump into the Smartphone market, as Dell also quite surprisingly announced that the Dell Streak 5 was the first Android Device to be given the official seal approval by the U.S. Department of Defense. This move from Dell made many folks within the organization, fond of the mini-slate’s design.