Blackphone PrivatOS Spaces update will help separate work, personal data
The security-minded smartphone from Geeksphone and Silent Circle will soon have its own privacy-focused app store. A future update for Blackphone has also been announced, with a change to the Android fork PrivatOS providing a way to separate the different types of data stored on the device, keeping them segregated for increased app security.
Blackphone with privacy features will recommence sales next month
The Blackphone, the privacy-based smartphone joint venture between Geeksphone and cryptographic service provider Silent Circle, has started shipping. Launched at Mobile World Congress in February, the Android smartphone aims to provide secure phone calls, texts, file transfers, and other communication options without compromising on the user's privacy.
Blackphone specifications released before shipments start in June
The privacy-focused Blackphone from Geeksphone and Silent Circle will be shipping with an Nvidia Tegra 4i as its processor, it has been revealed. At the same time as announcing the use of Nvidia's System-on-Chip, a finalized list of specifications for the device have been released by the manufacturer, confirming it will have a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display.
Geeksphone cuts price of Revolution, updates to Android KitKat
The Geeksphone Revolution is receiving a software update, with the company adding Android 4.4 and CyanogenMod 11 to the dual-booting device in the coming days, and Firefox OS 2.0 set to be added in the future. The Revolution has also received a price drop to 199 euros ($275) from May 1st, with the mobile device also becoming available more widely in Europe through Amazon.
New phone gives more privacy and security control to users at every level
Silent Circle and Geeksphone today announced its inaugural product, the Blackphone -- a smartphone designed from first principles to place privacy and control directly in the hands of its users. The company claims that for its $629 offering price, it is providing $1,469 in hardware and privacy-enhancing security services to purchasers of its forked Android-based device.
Revolution boots to Android, Firefox OS, early-bird sale touted
Geeksphone will be launching its dual-booting smartphone in Spain on February 20th, the company has revealed. The Geeksphone Revolution, a smartphone the company teased earlier this year, will be able to switch between Android and Firefox OS, something the company has plenty of experience with through its existing Peak+, Peak, and Keon devices.
Photographs of dual-boot Geeksphone smartphone leak
Geeksphone will supplement its Firefox OS and privacy-oriented devices with a dual-booting smartphone, according to a new rumor and leaked photographs. The Geeksphone Revolution is said to allow the user to choose between Firefox OS and Android at boot, and though its specifications have yet to leak, it appears to be taking cues from the Peak+, rather than the original Peak and Keon smartphones.
Android-based Blackphone promises secure calls, messaging
The creator of a secure e-mail service is teaming up with a Firefox OS smartphone producer in order to create a privacy-oriented mobile phone. The Blackphone from Silent Circle and Geeksphone will be an Android-based device that is said to offer users secure phone calls, text messages, file transfers and storage, and video chat, all without compromising on user privacy.
Improved version of Firefox OS developer device shipping September 15th
Geeksphone has opened up pre-orders for an updated version of its developer handsets, this time aimed at the consumer market. The Peak+ offers an improved list of specifications compared to the original Peak and Keon devices released in April, including the 4.3-inch qHD display and version 1.1 of Firefox OS preinstalled.
Geeksphone Keon, Peak Firefox OS developer preview devices out now
The first Firefox OS developer preview handsets are now shipping, starting at 119 euros for the entry-level model and 194 euros for a more fully specified device. Although the devices are aimed at developers, anyone can put down the cash for the new smartphones for shipment to a number of different countries, plus postage costs. The first devices to go on sale are the Keon and the Peak, both made by Geeksphone of Spain and feature mobile apps developed in HTML5.
First devices using HTML5-based apps for native app functions
Mozilla has shown off two "developer preview" smartphones running its mobile Firefox OS. Named the Keon and Peak, the pair of unlocked mobile phones have been make in partnership with Geeksphone of Spain, and are designed to give developers a platform to create and test apps for the new mobile operating system.
GeeksPhone unveils One Android phone
Just-launched phone maker GeeksPhone today revealed its first device, the One. The touchscreen QWERTY slider will launch with Android and is aiming directly at the mid-range of the smartphone field with a 3.2-megapixel back camera, a VGA camera in the front, GPS and Wi-Fi. Notably, the phone was to have launched with a DVB-T tuner for digital TV but had this scrapped due to Android's design power limits; a partial compensation comes through full HSPA-based 3G.