'Blackphone' Puts Security First
Geeksphone and Silent Circle today announced the launch of a new joint venture as well as their first product, the Blackphone. Blackphone runs a customized version of Android called PrivatOS. According to its designers, the Blackphone will let people or businesses make and receive secure phone calls and messages, transfer and store documents securely, conduct secure video chats, as well as maintain strict control over their location data. Blackphone did not say how it is achieving these claims, but it says the phone is being sold as an unlocked GSM device that will work with most worldwide networks. It is carrier independent. No specs were shared about the device, but Blackphone says benchmarks rank its performance alongside today's top handsets. Blackphone will begin accepting pre-orders for the device beginning February 24. Pricing and availability were not disclosed. Geeksphone, which is based in Spain, is separately developing a smartphone based on Firefox OS. Silent Circle was co-founded by an ex-U.S. Navy Seal and provides encrypted communications services.
Hands-On: Silent Circle Blackphone
The Blackphone is a smartphone for corner office types who absolutely require encrypted, secure communications. Silent Circle's second-generation handset is a handsome piece of hardware.
Turing Phone to Offer Secure Communications in Liquidmetal Body
Turing Robotic Industries today announced the Turing Phone, a handset that focuses on providing secure communications while wrapped in a futuristic design. Turing says the device is molded from Liquidmorphium, what it describes as "an amorphous alloy of zirconium, copper, aluminum, nickel, and silver that provides greater tensile strength than either titanium or steel." The materials protect the phone from screen breaks or other damage that might be caused by shocks.
Silent Circle Says Blackphone to Gain App Store
Silent Circle today announced a forthcoming update to its Blackphone that will add a privacy-focused app store. The storefront will only be available from the Blackphone and will feature apps to help users manage and maintain their personal or professional data.
Silent Circle Shows Off Blackphone 2, Blackphone Tablet
Silent Circle today introduced two new "workhorses of the future." The Blackphone 2 smartphone improves the hardware significantly compared to the first generation Blackphone. It has a 5.5-inch full HD screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
Blackphone 2 to Arrive In September
Silent Circle has begun accepting preorders for the Blackphone 2, its second-generation secure handset. The device has been upgraded with a larger 5.5-inch full HD screen, faster 1.7GHz octa-core processor, a more generous allotment of RAM at 3GB, and 32GB of internal storage.
Blackphone claims secure calls, messages, AND data? Dah! I buy. Seems legit.
It's a Trap!!!!