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.
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.
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.