MWC2015: Privacy-centric Silent Circle debuts new smartphone, tablet

04 Mar 2015
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Switzerland-headquartered Silent Circle announced what they describe as "the world’s first enterprise privacy platform," which includes a combination of devices, software and services. The platform is "based upon and built from a fundamentally different mobile architecture – ZRTP" and the launch includes "the Blackphone 2 and the world’s first privacy focused tablet, Blackphone+", said the firm.

“Personal privacy has become an enterprise issue”, says Silent Circle co-founder and chief scientist Phil Zimmermann. “The recent Sony experience shows that enterprises too have a responsibility to up their game to protect the privacy of their own people and their partners.”

“Traditional security solutions have failed global enterprise in a mobile world and make data and privacy breaches feel inevitable to most enterprises”, said Mike Janke, former Navy SEAL and now co-founder and chairman of the Silent Circle Board at a press conference at Mobile World Congress 2015. “[These breaches] have moved privacy firmly to the top of the boardroom agenda.”

“Today we unveiled the vision to drive the second stage of growth for Silent Circle," said Bill Conner, president and CEO of Silent Circle. "Enterprises have been underserved when it comes to privacy...we’re here to fix that.

The first generation Blackphone was launched at Mobile Congress 2014 and was recently named one of Time Magazine’s best 25 inventions of 2014, said the firm.

The new Silent Circle Enterprise Privacy Platform includes the original Blackphone, the Blackphone 2, and a tablet called the Blackphone+. The latter two devices are scheduled for the second half of 2015.

The devices are driven by PrivatOS: a Android-based operating system developed by Silent Circle to address modern privacy concerns. The latest version, PrivatOS 1.1, includes Spaces: an OS-level virtualization and management solution. Silent Circle also announced MDM partnerships with Citrix, Soti and Good.

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