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This Android smartphone will self-destruct if you tamper with it

Published Feb 27th, 2014 6:30AM EST
Boeing Black Android Smartphone

Geeksphone Blackphone is not the only new Android handset that puts privacy and security above else, as Boeing has a “Black” Android smartphone of its own that wants to safeguard user data, CNET reports. Boeing is actually willing to go even further when it comes to protecting data, as the smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with – the phone won’t be physically destroyed, but data and software will be deleted once malicious intentions are identified.

The phone has been spotted at the FCC, and has been confirmed by the company that’s more famous for the airplanes it produces than for making Android devices.

Unfortunately, unlike the Blackphone device that can already be pre-order for $629, the Black phone will only be available to defense and homeland security agencies and their partners. That’s why specs and features for the Black handset have not been revealed, and may remain a closely guarded secret.

“Designed to meet the evolving security needs of defense and security customers, Boeing has released a modular smartphone to enable secure access and exchange of critical data and communications on a trusted mobile device, a Boeing spokesperson told GeekWire. “Boeing Black delivers unique embedded hardware and software security solutions, operating system policy controls, and compatibility with leading mobile device management systems. Boeing has drawn on its deep expertise in information assurance, advanced technology partners and a U.S.-based manufacturer to provide an innovative, secure and flexible mobile solution.”

A letter that accompanies the FCC documentation reveals more details about how the Black is able to detect tampering attempts. “The Boeing Black phone is manufactured as a sealed device both with epoxy around the casing and with screws, the heads of which are covered with tamper proof covering to identify attempted disassembly,” Boeing wrote. “Any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable.”

It’s not known when the Black will be available to government agencies and their partners.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.