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
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