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Blackphone secure Android handset demo: private communication redefined

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Blackphone secure Android handset demo: private communication redefined
Running a forked version of Android, called PrivatOS, the Blackphone might be one of the best surprises at this year's MWC edition. Let's put aside the specs first, as these are not what's interesting here - it's still a capable phone, with a 4.7″ IPS display, 2 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and an 8 MP rear camera.

The whole point of its existence, however, is to ensure your communication with the world through your smartphone stays private and secure, in a day and age where the NSA goes as far as hooking to underseas cables, in order to snoop for potential threats. The Blackphone doesn't beam your identity and whereabouts, while at the same time protecting your files and personal communication via a set of apps, designed with privacy in mind. 

Silent Circle seems to be the star here, as it offers secure peer-to-peer bridges for voice and video, messaging and files, with an end-to-end encryption. It doesn't log anything, and can't be scooped up during NSA's generic data sweeps, for instance. Check out the demo that the folks from the Blackphone project were kind enough to do for us at the MWC expo.



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posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:44 1

1. toink (unregistered)


This will be a best seller among drug dealers and terrorists.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:56

2. mayur007 (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


t will be among who want the private phone life to be secured.

If it is priced right.. it will be a best seller

Also z3 does impressed me..

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:27

4. designerfx (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


uh, are you saying only criminals want privacy?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:17

7. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


No...he's saying that he wants this phone because he's a drug dealing terrorist :-)

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:54

3. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 167; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Is this a new BlackBerry?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:49

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The Blackphone partners are definitely trying to carve out a piece of the secure communications market. The challenge is to find a way to enable the benefits of Android (ubiquitous apps like Google Maps) while avoiding the downsides (location broadcasting for example).

Best wishes for success to the Blackphone partners. Maybe PA could do a review of the Blackphone?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 18:27

9. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 167; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


They should really call it the GreyPhone until their security is proven.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:54

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Didn't say what memory the phone have or version android resolution specs wise or camera nor SD card. what's the point in paying that much money with no other info on specs

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:52

8. ibap (Posts: 706; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Details -https://www.blackphone.ch/

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