New NSA leaks have become a weekly routine, and more people are realizing that their smartphones are devices just waiting for someone to hack into.
One smartphone, though, is aiming to change some of that. The Blackphone, developed by Geeksphone and Silent Circle, is an Android device powered by PrivatOS, which allows users to make calls, send texts, files, and use video, all in a secure fashion. Though some of Silent Circle's apps are available for other Android and iOS phones, Blackphone has a few apps that are exclusive to it, such as Blackphone Security Center, Blackphone Activation Wizard, and Blackphone Remote Wipe. "Blackphone provides users with everything they need to ensure privacy and control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they have come to expect," said Phil Zimmermann, creator of data encryption protocol PGP.
It might seem strange to build a phone all about privacy on a OS developed by Google, but this might be the best thing next to using a burner phone. The phone is up for pre-order, going for a price of $629. It's packing as much power as a normal high-end Android phone, with a quad-core 2 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. It also has support for LTE networks.
Get it here.