Silent Circle has officially announced the release of their second iteration of Blackphone, the “secure Android” smartphone.
Blackphone 2 is being dubbed the most secure smartphone ever created, since it was built by some of the world’s leading cryptographers – including PGP creator Phil Zimmermann and 23 year-old tech entrepreneur Javier Agüera – and the launch is the next big breakthrough for Silent Circle, the start-up co-founded by an ex-Navy Seal.
What makes Blackphone 2 unique over it predecessor is Silent Circle has now teamed up with Google to incorporate Google services – including Play Store – and is included in Android For Work.
With issues of privacy and data security continuing to hit the headlines across the world on a daily basis – with colossal breaches of governments and businesses like Sony and Ashley Madison – Blackphone 2 is here to provide its users with an extra level of security and privacy without compromise.
Check out the press release below and the video above for more info on the Blackphone 2.
SILENT CIRCLE’S BLACKPHONE 2 IS NOW AVAILABLE, DELIVERING BOTH BUSINESS AND PERSONAL PRIVACY
· Silent Circle delivers the first component of its Enterprise Privacy Platform (EPP).
· New phone incorporates Google services – including Play Store – and is included in Android For Work.
· Phone built with Silent OS – featuring a personal Security Center to put users in control of application permissions and “Spaces”, which offers separate secure environments to protect and separate personal and business data.
· Blackphone 2 becomes the first smartphone to deliver privacy without compromise and sells globally for $799* (RRP).
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 28th September 2015 – Silent Circle has today launched Blackphone 2 – its next-generation smartphone that delivers best in class privacy and security, without compromising on the powerful functionality and seamless usability of today’s most cutting-edge smartphones.
Blackphone 2 is available to purchase for $799 RRP* and is the first component of Silent Circle’s Enterprise Privacy Platform (EPP) announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The EPP is a unique, cloud-based combination of software, services and devices that connect to existing Internet connections to enable privacy at every level of business.
Blackphone 2 provides full device encryption by default through harnessing the company’s operating system (Silent OS) and Google Android technology.
“The launch of Blackphone 2 is a game changer for the mobile sector and for the way we provide individual and enterprise privacy” said Bill Conner, President and CEO of Silent Circle. “Blackphone 2 combines an enhanced Android operating system with a suite of apps designed to keep your enterprise and personal information separate and private. We’re proud to deliver a safe and sexy device with a seamless user experience”
At the heart of Silent OS, Blackphone 2 has a unique, in-built Security Center that enables the user to easily manage their privacy and security settings in one place. The user can control and fine-tune the individual app permissions and the data the apps have access to, while ensuring they need not compromise on the device’s cutting edge smartphone functionality. The Blackphone 2 also comes with a remote wipe setting should the phone be lost or stolen.
Through Silent OS’ “Spaces” function, Blackphone 2 also provides users with the ability to build separate, secure environments for their critical business data, personal information and even social applications within the same device.
Blackphone 2 is ready for enterprise deployment, with support for Google’s Android For Work program and seamless integration with Google’s suite of applications. It is also certified with existing MDM systems, including MobileIron, Citrix, Good and SOTI. Blackphone 2 also adds an Octa-core Qualcomm processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage plus a removable Micro SD card slot, a larger 5.5” Gorilla Glass display and a 13-megapixel camera.
The new smartphone comes pre-loaded with Silent Phone – Silent Circle’s industry-leading, private communication app – which offers encrypted, secure voice calls, conference calling, video conferencing, secure text and file transfers in one simple app.
“Today our privacy is increasingly threatened by governments, businesses and individuals”, Bill Conner continued. “In addition, the growing number of companies where employees work on their own devices in and out of the office means that it is ever more vital to build smartphones that deliver on privacy. People and enterprises want to take back control of their privacy but too often they don’t know how, or they feel they must compromise too much – that’s why the time is right for Blackphone 2.”
Silent Circle has been named one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Innovative Companies 2015’. The announcement of its Enterprise Privacy Platform received PC Magazine’s ‘Best of Show’ award at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. Silent Circle was also named one of the ‘20 Most Promising Cyber Security Solutions’ by CIO Review.
Blackphone 2 builds on the breakthrough success of Blackphone – named one of Time Magazine’s “Top 25 Best Inventions of 2014” and one of MIT Technology Review’s top 10 technology breakthroughs that same year.
“Blackphone 2 represents the second stage of the Silent Circle Rocket Ship” said Mike Janke, Co-founder and Chairman. “My fellow co-founders, Phil Zimmerman, Jon Callas and our CEO Bill Conner have been working tirelessly towards the goal of launching our global Enterprise Privacy Platform. Blackphone 2 is a highly disruptive product. It is not about candy-colors, emoji keyboards, curved screens or ‘the next big thing’”, said Janke, “it’s about security, privacy and protecting your digital life, plain and simple. It’s hard not to be incredibly excited about Blackphone 2 when you can literally hold privacy in your hands.”