Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Gadgets & Tech
  3. Tech Gear

Blackphone: putting control and privacy back in consumer's hands

See also

With the recent headlines concerning the NSA and their surveillance of phone calls, text messages, etc. consumers may have an avenue to escape the prying eyes of the NSA. Geeksphone and Silent Circle have teamed up to create the Blackphone: an unlocked GSM handset, free of carriers, and vendors. The promise of the Blackphone is to allow secure communications such as voice calls, text messages, e-mails, and file sharing among others.

According to Silent Circle CEO Mike Janke, "Blackphone is a journey built upon privacy, control, and security, wrapped in a high-end smartphone built by a very innovative all-star team of cryptographers, security, and mobile innovators.”

Hardware specs and Android OS version have not yet been released, but it has been confirmed that the Blackphone will be running a custom version of Android dubbed “PrivatOS.” The developers have also declared that its performance will be just as good as other smartphones, and will have the same access to Android applications.

More details are expected to be revealed at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

With the promise of putting privacy and control back in the consumer’s hands, it will be interesting to see the Blackphone’s progression.


Don't Miss

  • Unity
    'Assassin's Creed Unity' preview: Ubisoft comes home to its urban origins
    Games Preview
  • Smart vending machine
    This smart vending machine will recommend drinks for you based on your gender and age
    Tech Buzz
  • Destiny
    The 'Destiny' beta: 7 things we absolutely love about Bungie's new franchise
    Games Feature
  • Wi-Fi
    Find out how to stretch your Wi-Fi signal where it has never gone before
    Tech Tips
  • Unity Exclusive
    'Assassin's Creed Unity' exclusive: Tell the world, 'I'm coming home'
    Games Interview
  • Gamer ghost
    Gamer finds and plays with ghost of deceased father on a classic game

Related Videos:

  • Google research
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518340583" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Attendees gather at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West center on June 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the annual WWDC which is typically a showcase for upcoming updates to Apple hardware and s
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518310091" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Nielsen and Facebook partners to gather Mobile TV viewers information
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518249257" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>