In light of the revelations of Edward Snowden, Silent Circle, specializing in data security, has released a smartphone, the most secure from intelligence services and hackers looking illegally obtain personal information. The device is called Blackphone. As it turned out, security is not a priority among the fans of Android devices, because smartphone sales were ridiculously low.
Company Silent Circle and Geeksphone developed a “antispyware” smartphone turned out to be opponents in court. In this regard, published data on sales of Blackphone. They were incomparably small in comparison with the expectations of the manufacturer.
As is clear from the court documents, the Telecom operators BigOn, Kumion and America Movil have expressed interest in the purchase of hundreds of thousands of devices. The manufacturer took it as a guarantee of sales, borrowed money and issued 250 000 smartphones. However, BigOn and Sumion completely abandoned the procurement, and the operator America Movil has purchased a total of 6 000 vehicles of the 100,000 planned.
Externally, the Blackphone does not particularly stands out among the huge number of Android devices. The features are also pretty average — 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Quad-core processor with a frequency of 2 GHz, 16 GB of internal memory, 8-megapixel camera and LTE support.
However, the main here — a software part. The Android operating system with a proprietary shell PrivatOS includes a set of special secure services and applications. For example, the program Silent Phone allows you to make secure from eavesdropping calls (using a peer-to-peer VoIP), Silent Text — send sirsasana message, a Silent Contacts replaces the standard application of contacts to avoid getting information about the book third-party applications.
Because the smartphone market has passed the stage of rapid growth, making a profit becomes more difficult. According to experts, example, Silent Circle and Geeksphone shows that concern users privacy are exaggerated, and the attempt of the manufacturer to play it to occupy its own niche, were unsuccessful.