Introducing Blackphone, a smartphone that’s been designed for us users to have a more secure, and have all communications encrypted while also giving us private browsing and secure file-sharing for all who use the device.
Silent Circle and Geeksphone have teamed up to bring this device to life. The design of the Blackphone looks almost like a matte black refined iPhone 5. Not much details were given about the hardware or when this phone will be released (expected to be thoroughly announced with hands on testing at Mobile World Congress this year). The basis of the introduction video that was released today was to familiarize us consumers on what the Blackphone will do mostly and that is security.
Here are some key points to take away from the device found on their website
-Blackphone is unlocked and works with any GSM carrier. Performance benchmarks put it among the top performers from any manufacturer.
-It has the features necessary to do all the things you need, as well as all the things you want, while maintaining your privacy and security and giving you the freedom to choose your carrier, your apps, and your location.
-The tools installed on Blackphone give you everything you need to take ownership of your mobile presence and digital footprints, and ensure nobody else can watch you without your knowledge.
-You can make and receive secure phone calls; exchange secure texts; exchange and store secure files; have secure video chat; browse privately; and anonymize your activity through a VPN.
This device sure seems like a very interesting concept. Design wise I think it looks lovely. Software end, is really up in the air. We know that the Blackphone will have an encrypted version of Android but we are not too sure what the encryption will change. Will it be Stock KitKat? Will it have a custom encrypted OEM Skin? Only time will tell. Here is hoping we can get more information as the device gains closer to its release date.