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Boeing launches security-focused Black Android smartphone

28 Feb 2014
Boeing Black phone

Boeing has unveiled the Boeing Black smartphone, claiming its advanced security features make it the perfect choice for governments and intelligence agencies as demand for secure mobile devices continues to grow.

The Black smartphone will run on Android and come with a variety of advanced defence technologies, including Boeing's PureSecure architecture. The technology uses a layered security model to protect the Black smartphone at a hardware and software level.

Boeing explained: "Our architectural foundation is built upon layers of trust from embedded hardware, operating system policy controls, and compatibility with leading mobile device management systems. The device's hardware roots of trust and trusted boot ensure the device starts in a trusted state, enabling maximum security of data."

The Black also features hardware media encryption and embedded configurable inhibit controls, designed to protect data being transmitted by the phone during calls. Boeing has confirmed that the Black smartphone will "exclusively be made in the US" indicating that it has a specific focus on US intelligence agencies, such as the FBI and NSA.

Boeing pushed its "modular design" as a key selling point for the Black. The modular design means agencies can attach a number of customised, mission-specific upgrades to the Black. A video advert by Boeing showed peripherals for everything from fingerprint scanning and extra battery packs, to an unspecified "biometric data collection" upgrade.

At a hardware level the Black will feature a 4.3in quarter HD 540x960 display and run using a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor. The device will also feature 4G connectivity.

The Black is similar Silent Circle's Blackphone. The Blackphone was debuted by Silent Circle at MWC and is designed to offer similar privacy and security services to the Black.

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Alastair Stevenson
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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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