The Blackphone smartphone prevents external agencies from spying on your personal life. Widespread digital surveillance has caused many privacy concerns, especially after last year’s NSA leaks. To combat the spying into our personal lives, Silent Circle and Geeksphone have joined forces to announce the Blackphone, a smartphone which gives users full control over their privacy. Geeksphone is a Spanish start-up which builds hardware for Firefox OS, while Silent Circle provides encrypted communication services.
According to Silent Circle, “The Blackphone will offer users 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.” Based on the Android ecosystem, the Blackphone runs a custom built highly-secured operating system called PrivatOS. This will enable Blackphone users to make calls, send text messages, save files and browse the web securely, without worrying about being tracked by the government and other agencies. We don’t have much information about the internals of the Blackphone, but we do know that it will pack in a ‘top-performing processor’ and be released as an unlocked device without any geographical restrictions. The Blackphone will be unveiled at MWC next month, and we’re very interested to see what it has in store.