Following the recent scandals of whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the digital world has become more and more concerned about online privacy and security. A group of security and mobile phone experts have taken the opportunity to create a new secure smart phone — running Android.
The sleek black and carbon device will run a custom version of Android, called “PrivatOS”.
The phone will be sold independently, meaning that it’s not bound by any carrier or vendor, and that all of your communications will be secure and encrypted.
A new layer on the OS has been made to manage communications, making it the most secure system out there. You can anonymize your connection though a VPN and send files, messages, make voice and video calls — securely!
A lot of people have contributed to this project, including Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP (one of the first email encryption standards back in 1991), John Callas and other security and smartphone gurus.
Mr Zimmermann said that the “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.”
Along with the press release, they also published a video:
Pre-ordering will begin at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on the 24th of February this year.
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