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Ars Technica: Exclusive: A review of the Blackphone, the Android for the paranoid
2014-06-29 6:16pm -07:00T Visit Ars Technica


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Built for privacy, the Blackphone runs a beefed-up Android called PrivOS.
Sean Gallagher

Based on some recent experience, I'm of the opinion that smartphones are about as private as a gas station bathroom. They're full of leaks, prone to surveillance, and what security they do have comes from using really awkward keys. While there are tools available to help improve the security and privacy of smartphones, they're generally intended for enterprise customers. No one has had a real one-stop solution: a smartphone pre-configured for privacy that anyone can use without being a cypherpunk.

That is, until now. The Blackphone is the first consumer-grade smartphone to be built explicitly for privacy. It pulls together a collection of services and software that are intended to make covering your digital assets simple—or at least more straightforward. The product of SGP Technologies, a joint venture between the cryptographic service Silent Circle and the specialty mobile hardware manufacturer Geeksphone, the Blackphone starts shipping to customers who preordered it sometime this week. It will become available for immediate purchase online shortly afterward.

Specs at a glance: Blackphone SCREEN OS CPU
4.7" IPS HD
PrivOS (Android 4.4 KitKat fork)
2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra...

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