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Blackphone Privacy-Oriented Android Smartphone To Ship Out In 3 Weeks

Are you looking for an Android smartphone that comes with top of the line privacy-protection features? You should check out Blackphone which hits the market in 3 weeks time. This device which is made by encrypted communications provider Silent Circle and manufacturer Geeksphone was announced early this year and gives users the ability to work around data collection made by private companies and the government. While this device won’t protect your data from the NSA it is strong enough to secure it from most threats.

Blackphone

Blackphone will become available to most carriers with a price of $629. It isn’t cheap however its main feature is well worth the price. There’s a very strong demand for this model that pre-orders have already sold out. More units are coming soon as both companies project millions of devices to be sold.

Blackphone Technical Specifications

  • Blackphone model name: BP1
  • OS platform: PrivatOS based on Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • SIM slot: Single micro-SIM slot
  • Hardware platform: NVIDIA Tegra 4i
  • CPU frequency: 2.0 GHz
  • Radio: GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, HSPA+/WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz (42 Mbps), LTE FDD bands 3/7/20 (EU/RoW) or 4/7 (US/Canada) (Cat 4 150 Mbps)
  • Memory: 16GB EMMC + 1GB LPDDR3
  • MicroSD support:Yes
  • LCD: 4.7″ IPS HD display (1280*720)
  • Touch: Capacitive >4 point multi-touch
  • Camera: 8MP AF rear (Flash LED) + 5MP FF front
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: 4.0 LE
  • GPS: Yes
  • Battery capacity: 2000mA
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB
  • Sensors: Gravity sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, magnetic sensor
  • Color scheme: Black touch panel, black battery cover

Silent Circle President Phil Zimmermann said that “More and more people are waking up to this problem. There’s a growing number of people who want to push back.”

The privacy-features of Blackphone is made possible through its use of PrivatOS which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. This allows users to make encrypted calls (voice, video) and send out encrypted messages. It can also lie to an app giving it false information. An example of this is if an app wants to access the contacts information to work but its operation does not really need it then the device will send out a blank contact info to the app.

The Security Center of the phone reports to users what information an app is accessing. It also gives users the ability to block the access of the app or give it false information.

Early adopters will be getting this device soon.

via phonearena

Privacy And Security Smartphone Blackphone Is Now Available For Pre-Order At $629

Last month we learned that two companies, Geeksphone and Silent Circle, have been working on a smartphone that has more emphasis on privacy and security. This device called Blackphone is designed for people who uses their phone to make calls, send messages, and access the Internet yet don’t like the idea of government agencies spying on them.

Blackphone

Blackphone is now available for pre-order at $629 from the company website and is expected to ship out this coming June.

This device runs on an operating system that is based on Android called PrivatOS. This is a more secure version of the popular platform that comes with a firewall, remote wipe capabilities, custom apps developed by Silent Circle such as Silent Phone, Silent Text, and Silent Contacts.

Here’s a comparison between Android and PrivatOS in terms of privacy and security.

Android Default

  • Search: Trackable
  • Bundled apps: Many, with privacy disabled by default
  • Wi-Fi usage: Always on for geo-location and user tracking
  • App permissions: All or nothing
  • Communication tools: Traceable dialer, SMS, MMS browse. Vulnerable to spoofed cell networks and Wi-Fi.
  • Updates: Supplied infrequently after carrier blessing
  • Remote Wipe & Anti-Theft: Requires centralized cloud account
  • Business model: Personal data mining for tracking and marketing

PrivatOS

  • Search: Anonymous
  • Bundled apps: Few, all privacy enabled
  • Wi-Fi usage: Smart disabling of all Wi-Fi except trusted hotspots
  • App permissions: Fine grained control in single interface
  • Communication tools: Private calls, texting, video chats, file exchange up to 100MB, browsing, and conference calls.
  • Updates: Frequent secure updates direct from Blackphone
  • Emote wipe & Anti-Theft: Anonymous
  • Business model: Delivers privacy as a premium feature

Every order of Blackphone already comes with two years worth of free subscription to the security apps included with the deivce. These security apps such as Silent Phone and Silent text can also be downloaded for free for other Android and iOS devices however there is a monthly subscription fee involved for its use.

Speaking of security, the encrypted cal and encrypted text feature only works if the person you are calling to or sending a text message to also has Silent Circle services running on their device. Every Blackphone purchase comes with a 1 year subscription of codes which you can give out to up to three contacts which you usually communicate with.

Blackphone targets business and even government customers who want a more secure means of communications. This does not mean though that the ordinary individual could not get it too.

Technical Specifications

  • CPU: 2 GHz quadocore SoC
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD IPS
  • LTE: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11n
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Cameras: High quality front (>8MP with flash) and rear
  • RAM:2GB
  • Storage: 16GB on-board
  • Others: GPS, other sensors

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Firefox OS Phones Hit The Market, Sells Out In Hours

Firefox OS is the latest mobile operating system to hit the market that’s about to compete with the known heavyweights such as Android and iOS. As early as now it looks like a very promising platform as two developer smartphones that went on sale early Tuesday immediately sold out.

keon peak

Spanish based manufacturer Geeksphone has announced that two of their developer preview handsets which are designed for app developers immediately sold out hours after it hit the market. The company says that the demand is very high for these devices and promised those that weren’t able to purchase the initial batch that they will be restocking in a few hours.

According to Stormy Peters, Mozilla’s director of websites and developer engagement, “The Firefox OS Developer Preview Geeksphone devices have development versions of Firefox OS and are unlocked so that developers can use them wherever they are in the world and they are updated regularly with the latest Firefox OS build.”

Both devices which can be ordered online through the Geeksphone website is no longer available. People who will visit the online store will be greeted with this message “Due to the great demand of our phones at shop.geeksphone.com, the shop is currently out of stock. The online sale will restart in the following hours. Thanks a lot and sorry for the inconveniences. rnrnGeeksphone Team”

The developer smartphones that sold out are the Keon and the Peak. The Keon sells for $119 and is described as “light and versatile but also powerful”. The Peak is the older sibling which sells for $194 and is described as a “powerful” device.

Keon Technical Specifications

  • 3.5 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • 4GB of storage
  • MicroSD
  • MicroUSB
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • 1580mAh battery

Peak Technical Specifications

  • 4.3 inch qHD capacitive touchscreen
  • dual-core Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 MP rear camera with flash
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 4GB of storage
  • MicroSD
  • MicroUSB
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • 1,800 mAh battery

The initial response of the public shows the great interest for Firefox OS devices. One key feature of this OS is that it is open source based on Linux and runs HTML5 apps.

via pcmag

Firefox OS Powered Keon Makes Its Way To The FCC

We’ve already heard that another mobile operating system will soon be made available courtesy of Mozilla. This summer Firefox OS powered devices will be made available in 5 countries spread over Europe and South America.

keon

If you’ve wanted to be one of the first people to check out the new OS then Spanish e-retailer Geeksphone has you covered as they will be releasing two Firefox OS powered devices which they say “will be available for dispatch anywhere on earth.”

One of the models known as the Keon has just made its way over at the FCC.  A quick look at its specs is listed below.

  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 7225AB 1Ghz
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
  • Screen 3.5″ HVGA Multitouch
  • Camera 3 MP
  • 4 GB (ROM) and 512 MB (RAM)
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, Radio FM, Light & Prox. Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB
  • Battery 1580 mAh

The Keon comes with a model number C8666GP and if you wish to order it you will be able to use it with AT&T’s network. When released it’s going to cost US$120.

A higher end Firefox OS powered device will also be released by Geeksphone at the same time as the Keon. This is the Peak model which will hit the market next week. There’s no information as of this moment if it has been presented to the FCC yet. This model is much powerful than the Keon judging from its quick specifications which we have listed below.

  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8225 1.2Ghz x2
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
  • Screen 4.3″ qHD IPS Multitouch
  • Camera 8 MP (back) + 2 MP (front)
  • 4 GB (ROM) and 512 MB (RAM)
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, Radio FM, Light & Prox. Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB, Flash (camera)
  • Battery 1800 mAh

Firefox OS is a Linux based operating system which can be used by phones and tablets. One of its key features is that it allows for HTML5 applications to communicate directly with the device hardware.

via fcc