For those who believed that pieces of technology such as a self-destructing smartphone only exists as part of a James Bond plotline, it is time to think again.
Canadian firm BlackBerry has teamed up with Boeing – who is best known for building airplanes and defence systems – to create just that.
While the original handset was announced back in March 2014 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), but Blackberry has now confirmed that it will be getting in on the action, which is rather exciting news for the company that has recently went back to basics with its Blackberry Classic.
According to Reuters, John Chen, Blackberry’s chief executive officer (CEO) made the announcement, saying: "We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilising our BES 12 platform."
For those who aren’t aware, BES stands for BlackBerry Enterprise Service, which is a management software platform which is known for its high security features, allowing companies to safely store and manage a large quantity of devices. BES works with all BlackBerry handsets as well as those which run on iOS and Android.
In something worthy of a spy movie, Mr Chen also added: "That, by the way, is all they allow me to say."
While there are clearly a lot of secrets surrounding the smartphone, this is the world of technology so of course there are going to be plenty of rumours and specs surfacing.
The Boeing Black Phone, which is what the new handset has been named, has a back panel which, should someone try to remove it, activates a remote wipe function. Given the recent issues with data security that have been making headlines, this handset will seemingly be perfect for companies with sensitive data that must be protected, meaning that we can’t confirm whether or not it will be released for the general public to purchase.