Thought to be the next big market in mobile devices, the demand for high-security smartphones has been steadily rising ever since Edward Snowden leaked sensitive NSA documents back in June of 2013.
Blackphone is the product of a collaboration between members of the SilentCircle team in the states and Geeksphone, a mobile device manufacturer based out of Spain. Although companies like Bull SA and GSMK have already hit the ground running with their own versions of encrypted smartphones, Blackphone has the distinct advantage of running a proprietary build of Android focused almost exclusively on the safety and security of the user out of the gate.
Technology specialist Phil Zimmerman elaborated on the team’s mission:
“I have spent my whole career working towards the launch of secure telephony products,” said Zimmermann. “Blackphone provides users with everything they need to ensure privacy and control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they have come to expect.”
Clearly privacy and security were on the forefront of the team’s mind when they decided to design the phone, and some suspect PrivatOS will outclass both Bull’s and GSMK’s offerings when it comes to a total encryption solution for all your texts, calls, and emails on the go.
We can expect to see the Blackphone make its debut at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on the 24th of next month.