China is seeking to construct its own uncrackable smartphones in an attempt to evade U.S. surveillance programs, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The majority of the smartphone operating systems and processors in China rely on either Apple or Google technology. Hackers frequently infiltrate phones through these components, and China fears that American companies are compromised by U.S. intelligence agencies.
In response, Beijing and leading Chinese tech firms are working together to build a secure smartphone for government officials that relies on a domestically built operating system and processor chip, according to the Journal.
The Wall Street Journal report is available at http://www.wsj.com/articles/china-aims-to-build-its-own-secure-smartphones-1447961400 although a WSJ subscription is required to read it. An abbreviated version of the article may be found at no charge at http://goo.gl/JsgQYY.