BlackBerry releases ‘most secure Android phone ever’

BlackBerry releases 'most secure Android phone ever'

BlackBerry has released what it claims is the world's most secure Android smartphone, the DTEK50.

While the name may not be too snappy, the new model packs something of a punch and is sure to catch the eye of users keen on ensuring that all of their personal data is safe and secure.

The emphasis on mobile security means it may well see the company once again become popular with enterprise users.

In its release, the company said: "You wouldn’t put money in a bank that didn’t lock its safe. Or leave the doors of your home unlocked at night. Having a smartphone that doesn’t take your privacy seriously is the equivalent. DTEK50™ ensures that how you share the private details of your life—your location, your pictures, your texts—is your decision.  Not all smartphones are equally secure.  With DTEK50, you have built in armour protecting your personal information."

Going fully Android

The DTEK50 is set to operate using Android 6.0 Marshmallow, giving users full access to Google Play, along with screen widgets, Google Now and the ability to connect their TV, car and other connected systems.

The Google Play Store gives users access to over one million apps, but the ability to connect to the TV, car, thermostat or wearable device means it is likely to have the Internet of Things (IoT) trend in mind.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry Pop-Up Widgets allow you to view any app widget by simply swiping up or across the icon on your home screen, allowing users to gain fast and private access to the information they need.

Security

Mobile security can sometimes be slightly overwhelming for many people, but the DTEK50 claims to simplify the process, automatically monitoring your OS and apps in order to let you know when your security is in danger of being at risk, giving tips on the best ways in which to address any issues.

For example, DTEK will notify users when someone is taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts and location.

Meanwhile, encryption helps to protect pictures or bank information from being stolen if you lose your phone. Password Keeper also helps to securely store all your passwords, log-in information and important records.

The company claims there is little danger of the model falling behind in terms of updates, citing BlackBerry's record of being the quickest of the major smartphone manufacturers to deliver security patches.

Ahead of competitors

BlackBerry claims the DTEK50 is capable of quickly and securely integrating into an enterprise system. The combination of secure hardware and the  BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, is one that the company appears to have plenty of faith in.

BlackBerry has so much faith in its safeguarding techniques that it claims the DTEK50 is ahead of all other Android handsets.

Security is placed at the heart of production from the very beginning of the manufacturing process, with the company using a hardware root of trust, a proprietary technique that adds security keys to the phone's processor.

Those keys can then be used to track, verify, and provision each DTEK50, meaning that the authenticity and integrity of every device is, according to BlackBerry, guaranteed.