Does all of the recent news concerning security and the NSA have you concerned about your privacy? The folks at Geeksphone and Silent Circle know how you feel, and in response they’ve announced a new smartphone that promises to make your communications more secure.
Dubbed the Blackphone, this unlocked GSM handset runs a customized version of Android known as “PrivatOS” that includes support for secure voice calls, text messages, emails and file transmissions. Even though the software on the Blackphone is a special flavor of Android with added layers of security, Geeksphone says that the OS is “the Android that you are familiar with,” including the same apps that are available to Google’s little green robot.
Details on the Blackphone hardware are just about as limited as the software. Neither Geeksphone nor Silent Circle are talking specs, but we’re told benchmark tests have placed the Blackphone “among the top performers from any manufacturer.” We can see in renders of the Blackphone that it features a set of capacitive Android navigation keys as well as a top-mounted headphone jack.
While there’s obviously still a lot we don’t know about the Blackphone, the promise of a handset that offers encrypted communication and a security-focused version of Android is certainly intriguing, especially if it ends up being as high-end as it’s made out to be. The good news is that we won’t have to wait long to learn more about the Blackphone, because the device is expected to be officially unveiled on Feb. 24 at Mobile World Congress. Pre-orders will kick off on that same date. To help pass the time until MWC rolls around, you can check out the Blackphone intro video below.