Secure tablet in the works from Blackphone

Secure tablet in the works from Blackphone
The gang behind the secure Blackphone handset is prepping a secure tablet, according to a report from CNBC. The tablet will be a high-end model powered by the proprietary PrivatOS, which is a forked version of Android used on the company's phones. CNBC talked to Jon Callas, who is the CTO of Silent Circle, one of the companies behind the Blackphone. The latter was launched in January offering users secure calls, texts and video chats. A "Wi-Fi manager" prevents your phone from being tracked, and an ad-blocker prevents targeted pop-up ads from reaching your browser.

Besides the expectations of a high price, the Blackphone tablet, like the phone, will not offer the Google Play Store. While the lack of the Google services might hurt sales, many current and potential Blackphone customers consider Google services to be one of the largest collectors of data in the industry. Callas said that Blackphone will soon announce the addition of one of the major app stores, and users will be able to install apps like Facebook. But making data-collecting apps available would eliminate the security benefits of using a Blackphone handset or tablet.


Callas did not reveal a launch date, or pricing for the tablet. With Apple and Samsung controlling a large percentage of the tablet market, Blackphone is going to have trouble making headway with a new tablet. It might, however, be able to grab sales from those who need to have a secure tablet.

source: CNBC via SlashGear

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17 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

Meh....

2. Busyboy unregistered

If Blackphone made a phone with top-notch hardware and global availability, I would actually consider getting it. (If it has Android of coarse)

3. numun

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

But it's a fork, right?

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

It has a forked version of Android without Google Play or Google services. Not sure if you'd want an Android handset like that.

6. Busyboy unregistered

I meant the whole Android package lol

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

Then Blackphone and whatever tablet they produce definitely won't be for you, my friend. I suspect it won't be for many, especially if you're looking for the entire Android experience, Google Play services and all. Definitely not for me either.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, it's not a problem to install GP.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's no longer a problem to install Google Play on a BB10 device either.

5. dimas

Posts: 3320; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

If I want security, I prefer going for blackberry or Nokia's Asha series. Android's OS is semi-open source so it's easy for hackers to look for loopholes.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree.

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

You guys dunno what open source is...

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're ASSUMING we don't know what open source is.

9. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Blackphone needs to give it up. They're nowhere near as secure as a BlackBerry and after being hacked as quick as they were, no one is really going to trust them. Their reputation is shot! They need to pack it in. They don't offer anything that BlackBerry isn't already offering.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This in a nutshell. There should have been quotations around the word secure...lol.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree, Bobby D. Blackphone needs to pack it in. Or they need to attempt to sell themselves to BlackBerry. Not that they have anything to offer BlackBerry.

14. jesusnexo unregistered

But blackberry isnt android. This for people that want a secure android experience... Idk why you would buy an android if you are afraid of hacks but the option is there

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21578; Member since: May 28, 2014

We know what it's for, and we know BlackBerry isn't Android. We are just saying that BlackBerry offers what Blackphone does, but BlackBerry does it better and has been doing it longer. BlackBerry also provides all of this Android apps that Blackphone does.

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