The smartphone will receive minimal functionalities with a standard set of applications and its own browser
The launch of this smartphone and new operating system is part of a broader plan to restore the security specialist's name.
Kaspersky Lab is developing a smartphone that has been described as "impossible to hack," according to the company's CEO Eugene Kaspersky. The firm now seems to be putting all its energy into new initiatives around privacy and security - after being sanctioned for allegations of cyber-espionage.
Kaspersky Labs is clearly trying to improve its image after being repeatedly accused of cyber-espionage. The antivirus has been banned from the computer systems of US federal agencies. The antivirus is also believed to have helped sites spy on Internet users without their knowledge.
Since then, however, Kaspersky has become more diversified and continues its mission to secure computer systems around the world. The latest initiative is a mobile operating system. Developed since 2019, this "Kaspersky OS" operating system (the official name is not known at this stage) should enable the publisher to offer devices that are less, or even invulnerable to hackers.
Kaspersky imagines a more limited smartphone to increase security
The first Kaspersky smartphones and tablets that are "impossible to hack" are expected to hit the market as early as 2021. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of the firm, told a panel of journalists about the details. The future "Kaspersky phone" should be a very minimal device. At the launch, Eugene Kaspersky explained that it will not have an application store, although he plans to add it in a second phase.
"There will be minimal functionality and a design inspired by both Android and iOS. But this smartphone won't do any other special tasks. This device can make calls and send SMS of course, there will be an office suite, its own web browser with a minimal set of features, and a standard set of applications such as an alarm, calculator, etc.
"Our goal is to create a secure smartphone, which would be virtually impossible to hack into, to handle secret and confidential information for both government officials and businesses, in addition to managing infrastructure. The first generation of the smartphone will only offer Kaspersky's new operating system. explains Eugene Kaspersky
Kaspersky talks about a future model that could also launch Android.
But the publisher is already thinking about a smartphone with Android in addition to its operating system: "Imagine, with a swipe of the finger, the user switches the phone to our secure operating system to take control of the power plant turbine, for example. In this mode, there will be no Google Play services, nothing like that. But that's just a dream".
And Eugene Kaspersky continues: "We'll see, after all, a lot of people are moving around with two phones. If there is a need for our phone to be able to change operating systems - that's how we'll do it. A Chinese manufacturer - whose name is a well-kept secret at this stage - would be on board to make Kaspersky's first smartphone.
The launch of this smartphone and new operating system is part of a broader plan to restore the security specialist's name. An article in the Finantial Times reveals the publisher's efforts to diversify. The article reveals that Kaspersky is now developing anti-drone solutions as well as a secure online voting system. It must be said that Kaspersky is suffering greatly from the international environment.
Kaspersky goes on the offensive again to restore his coat of arms
The ban on antivirus software in the United States, the United Kingdom and then in some French administrations caused a drop in sales (-25% in the United States alone), in addition to halting its growth in Western countries. These diversification efforts are a way to reposition Kaspersky in the cybersecurity market, while giving it new growth opportunities.
Eugène Kaspersky explains in a video available on his website: "We are not only an antivirus and software company, we are now also a company that manufactures hardware, and sometimes that hardware is beautiful, elegant and sophisticated.
In an interview about the international context of the trade war led by the United States, Eugene Kaspersky does not hesitate to draw a parallel with the fate of Huawei.
"Huawei and Kaspersky] are the words of the same song. In Huawei's case, as in ours, there is no evidence [of any wrongdoing], nothing, zero," the entrepreneur points out.