updated 02:00 pm EDT, Thu April 12, 2012
Boeing secure Android phone due late 2012
Boeing has confirmed in a conversation that it's developing a very secure Android phone for governments and corporations. The unnamed hardware is intended to give access to everyday apps while still keeping communications under tight guard, Network and Space Systems president Roger Krone told National Defense. The details of the hardware weren't mentioned, but it would be much lower than previous-generation super-secure phones and above the cost of everyday Android phones.
Along with companies and defense contractors, it could be useful for the police and other "emergency responder" services that might not want their phone calls intercepted by someone else.
The device may not necessarily have the Boeing name attached, and it's not known which companies Boeing might be using as partners. As Boeing's first cellphone, it's likely relying on an established Android phone designer like HTC, Motorola, or Samsung for help.
Development is mostly complete and should have the release by the end of 2012, although sales might be kept to widescale deals rather than selling to individuals. Android is known to be the future platform of choice for the US military, although the Army Software Marketplace is serving regular-level troops with iOS apps.