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Blackphone 2 will join Google\ s Android for Work program.

Silent Circle, the company behind the privacy-focused Blackphone,

has announced that its next generation Blackphone 2 will be its inaugural

product in Google's Android for Work program.

The company joins Android for Work as part of its ongoing

mission to deliver enterprise privacy.

The Android for Work program, announced earlier this year by

Google, aims to offer businesses simple management and enhanced security for

user devices. The program's flexibility in offering customizable solutions is a

strong fit for Silent Circle's 'privacy without compromise' approach.

The Blackphone, named one of Time Magazine's 'Top 25 Best

Inventions of 2014' and one of MIT Technology Review's top 10 technology

breakthroughs the same year, includes Silent Circle's encrypted communication

software for secure voice and video calling, text messaging, and file transfer.

The new version of the phone being released this Autumn will also offer

expanded support for existing Mobile Device Management (MDM) programs and an

updated implementation of the Spaces feature introduced in the first

Blackphone, all on faster hardware designed to deliver a premium user


"Privacy is about being able to decide and control what

information to share and how you share it," said Bill Conner, President and CEO

of Silent Circle. "We're delighted to join the Android for Work program. It's a

significant step forward in Silent Circle's development which enables us to

deliver privacy and security to a broader enterprise customer base, while

meeting their need for the wide-ranging apps and services provided by Google."

The participation in Android for Work marks the

continued expansion of Silent Circle's enterprise privacy platform, a unique

combination of software, services, and devices working together to integrate

privacy at every level of business. The platform includes the Blackphone 2 and

its Android operating system, Silent OS.

"With the first Blackphone, we delivered an Android

experience coupled with control over app permissions and the powerful Spaces

feature, which lets users securely separate work life and personal life on the

same device," said David Puron, SVP Engineering, Devices. "Customers responded

to Blackphone's unique offering of privacy by design, and pushed us to offer

even more choices for its second generation."

"Our Blackphone 2 release this fall will bring support for

Google Play and Google Mobile Services to Silent OS," added Puron, "and with

support for Android for Work, companies can strike their own balance of control

over data and connectivity with established productivity services that are used

throughout enterprise."

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