Blackphone Now Shipping to First Customers
Silent Circle and Geeksphone today announced they are shipping the Blackphone to the first wave of people who preordered the device. The Blackphone runs a modified version of Android called PrivatOS, which provides secure calling and messaging features. The phone comes with software for secure video calling, anonymous web search, secure file exchange, and secure conference calling. Special software controls the Wi-Fi radio to expose the phone only to trusted networks and devices. The phone itself includes LTE, a 4.7-inch screen, 16 GB of storage, and 2 GB of RAM. Preorders have been sold out for some time, but Silent Circle and Geeksphone said the Blackphone web store will reopen July 14 to accept new orders. The Blackphone is sold fully unlocked and priced at $629.
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.
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 2 Goes On Sale
Silent Circle today said its Blackphone 2 smartphone is now available for sale in the U.S. The handset, announced earlier this year, is a privacy-minded smartphone that offers security for business users.
Turing Robotic Industries Declares Bankruptcy
Turing Robotic Industries, a company that promised to create a sleek, secure smartphone nearly three years ago, has moved into insolvency. TRI was located in Finland and formed by some ex-Nokia employees.