Geeksphone, a Spanish smartphone maker, along with Silent Circle, an encrypted communications firm, has announced ‘ Blackphone ‘ that will supposedly be the first Android smartphone in the world to focus on privacy and control. The device will be unveiled in Barcelona next month, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC).
According to Geeksphone, the Blackphone will sport a “top performing” processor, an unlocked cellular module that will work with any GSM network in the world. The Blackphone powered by a customised version of Android made by the company in association with Silent Circle, called PrivatOS. The OS will allow the user to make and receive secure calls, send encrypted text messages, store files securely and browse the web through an anonymous VPN.
Phil Zimmermann, one of the creators for Blackphone stated, “I have spent my whole career working towards the launch of secure telephony products. Blackphone provides you with everything you need to ensure privacy and control of your communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features you have come to expect.”
The specifications and other features are not yet known for the handset. According to the official website, “Performance benchmarks put it among the top performers from any manufacturer.” The device will be available for pre-order at MWC, but pricing details aren’t available at this time.