Boeing is known best for its aerospace endeavors. Now the company is using the knowledge gained from building aircraft to make phones for the federal government and military. According to the president of Boeing Network and Space Systems Roger Krone, this is “probably” the first time an aerospace and defense industry giant will offer a smartphone designed for use on cellular networks.

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Boeing’s smartphone is nearing the end of its development cycle, which means it will probably run on the not-as-new Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It's rumored to be encrypted and have biometric access, among other security features. While an official number hasn’t been announced, the Boeing phone is geared towards a lower price point, compared to other encrypted phones that run about $15,000 to $20,000 each. Despite its super secret and secure demeanor, the phone will be compatible with regular Android apps and provide the same functionality and abilities that consumer market Androids do.

via National Defense Magazine and SlashGear

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