Short Read: China is working on developing its own smartphone for government officials to avoid snooping from the enemy side.
China, one of the world’s largest smartphone markets, has started working on its own smartphones. The smartphones which will have everything developed domestically, even the operating system.
The upcoming smartphone will be made in China which will provide secure communication to the government officials and security agencies. The Wall Street Journal reports that:
“Chinese smartphone maker ZTE Corp. is working on a secure smartphone for government agencies using an operating system developed in-house and a processor chip from a Chinese supplier.”
This move will surely hurt the market of US smartphones in the region. But, not that much as these phones are not intended for general public.
The most important part of this move is the support of Alibaba so if first few batches go well these phones might be an instant success.
Alibaba Group is a Chinese e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals.
In past China and US has been accusing each other of spying into each other’s systems. So, with this move it’s quite clear that Chinese government is now looking to make their systems far more secure as smartphones are one of the easiest ways of sneaking into anyone’s data.
Coming to the phone, it will only have basic features; it will even not have a Camera or proper Wifi and Bluetooth installed. Because, the main purpose of these phones is to diminish all the possible ways of entering into the phone. According to a Chinese official:
“Right now the security sector is very hot and the government is looking for non-foreign technologies as much as possible to prevent various back doors.”
But, still Chinese manufacturers are far away from developing a properly secured smartphone as picking out the probable features is just a short-term move. If the phone has to become a force, manufacturers have to include all the features of the smartphone and make it secure at the same it.
Though, if initial batches are successful at least domestically the demand for these phones might rise.