The original Blackphone was a joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone in 2014, claiming first to be secure-by-design through full device encryption by default. It was, however, criticized for a lack of design focus and for not offering access to Google Play. Instead they pitched their own store selection of privacy optimized apps, which appears to have made the masses unhappy.
The message was obviously received and the Blackphone 2 was launched 28 Sept 2015 offering all functionality of the most cutting edge smartphones, without compromising on privacy and security. It’s powered by a modified version of Android Lollipop, known as Silent OS which provides full device encryption and a security center for managing privacy and security settings.
Users can fine tune their app permissions and the data apps have access too, they can also create separate secure “spaces” for sensitive business data and personal apps. The device comes with ‘Silent Phone’ –a private communication app which offers encrypted, secure voice calls, conference calling, video conferencing, secure text, and file transfers.
Also included is a ‘remote wipe’ setting, should the phone be lost or stolen this would effectively delete everything on the device. “Today our privacy is increasingly threatened by governments, businesses and individuals,” said Bill Conner, President and CEO of Silent Circle.
“In addition, the growing number of companies where employees work on their own devices in and out of the office means that it is ever more vital to build smartphones that deliver on privacy.”
Blackphone 2 has an octo-core Qualcomm processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, removable Micro SD card, 5.5-inch Gorilla Glass display, and a 13MP camera.
Even though the device is aimed primarily at the business market, with its new added support the company hopes that its high-end security, specs and improved design will make it an attractive option for privacy-conscious consumers.
You will soon be able to purchase this device directly from the Silent Circle website for $799.
Read Article (Sophie Curtis | telegraph.co.uk | 09/28/2015)
This is in fact a major step forward for all mobile device users, whether you’re concerned with privacy or not. Sooner or later invasion of privacy will affect everyone, it’s just a matter of time.
The message here is, the digital world demands we all need to be at the very least “a little tech-savvy”.
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