Silent Circle Release The Blackphone 2

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Blackphone 2 Goes On Sale, As BlackBerry Priv Decloaks.

The Blackphone 2 was announced at this year’s MWC and is described as “sexy and safe” by Silent Circle thanks to a slick design and enterprise-grade security features.The 5.5-inch Android-based device is focused on privacy and security, delivering a pre-installed suite of apps that lets you make private, encrypted calls, send texts, precisely control what the phone’s apps can and cannot access and keep fully separate profiles with different levels of security.Blackphone 2, the sequel to the privacy-focused Blackphone, has launched today, promising to protect users against government surveillance and cyber attacks without compromising on functionality.- Phone built with Silent OS – featuring a personal Security Center to put users in control of application permissions and “Spaces”, which offers separate secure environments to protect and separate personal and business data.

The company started taking pre-orders for the device last month, having first announced the phone back in March at the Mobile World Congress trade show. The handset runs a new version of the firm’s Android-based SilentOS, and comes with features including Silent Circle’s Silent Phone app, which offers encrypted voice calls, messaging and file transfers. While a few things changed since the phone’s launch — for example, its Android-based OS is now called Silent OS instead of PrivatOS, and the company has a new President and CEO, Bill Conner — it is the device we were promised in March, with an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 13-megapixel camera.

The original Blackphone, born out of a joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone in 2014, claimed to be the first “secure by design” handset, offering full device encryption by default. Meanwhile, on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen finally confirmed the various leaks pointing to a forthcoming Android-powered BlackBerry, due to go on sale by the end of this year in “major markets”. Silent Circle’s privacy-focused app store is also included, as is Silent Meeting, which the firm claims is the world’s first truly encrypted conference calling platform.

However, it was criticised by some for its lack of focus on design, and the fact that it did not offer access to Google Play, choosing instead to launch its own app store with a curated selection of privacy-optimised apps. At the core of these is Silent Phone, which lets users make private voice calls and send encrypted messages (the messaging option was previously separated into an app called Silent Text, which has now been merged with Silent Phone). The phone is also certified for use with existing mobile data management systems, including MobileIron, Citrix, Good and SOTI, according to Silent Circle. “Today our privacy is increasingly threatened by governments, businesses and individuals,” said Bill Conner, president and chief executive of Silent Circle. “In addition, the growing number of companies where employees work on their own devices in and out of the office means that it is ever more vital to build smartphones that deliver on privacy. “People and enterprises want to take back control of their privacy but too often they don’t know how, or they feel they must compromise too much.

Users can control and fine-tune their individual app permissions and the data the apps have access to, and can also build separate, secure “Spaces” for their sensitive business data and personal apps. The device is the first component of Silent Circle’s Enterprise Privacy Platform (EPP), which combines software, services and devices to enable privacy at every level of business. And although this is an Android fork it now includes Google services — such as the Play Store — as well as support for Google’s Android For Work program, to check the IT department’s ‘mobile device management’ box. And while, on the surface, the phone’s OS now looks more like A N Other standard Android handset, a spokesman for Silent Circle asserts that under the hood key security-focused differences remain. “They’ve worked closer with Google than they did before, which is why you’ll see that the Android platform is a much truer version.

It is not about candy-colors, emoji keyboards, curved screens or ‘the next big thing’”, said Janke, “it’s about security, privacy and protecting your digital life, plain and simple. It’s hard not to be incredibly excited about Blackphone 2 when you can literally hold privacy in your hands.” Ever wondered just how many permissions you are giving away when using some of your favorite apps? We asked people to read some of these permissions out loud so we could capture their reactions: About Silent Circle Silent Circle is a leader in enterprise privacy, delivered through a revolutionary platform of devices, software and services, built on its proprietary ZRTP technology, a fundamentally different, cloud-based, mobile architecture. For more information on Silent Circle, go to: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

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