You might remember a few months back a very strange device was released. No, not the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. We are talking much earlier in the year then that weird one. If you remember, there was a device that landed under the Blackphone guise. This was a highly focused privacy device that looked to make sure data leakage was not possible. In particular, the Blackphone was designed to safeguard your calls, texts, contacts and web browsing from prying eyes. This was largely implemented by the use of the company’s forked version of android dubbed PrivatOS.
One of the issues though with a privacy driven OS, is that compatible apps are limited. To ensure security is maintained, a lot of the more typical apps are not intended to be installed. However, such limited compatibility also limits the function and need for such a device. To try and combat this, Blackphone have announced that in early 2015 they will be launching their own app store. As you would expect with this company, the appstore will place a heavy emphasis on security and privacy and as such, eligible apps will be hand picked before being added to the app store.
The app store will not be the only thing coming from Blackphone in 2015 tough. The press released announced that the app store will roll-out as part of a major update which will hit PrivatOS. One of the other notable features on the upcoming update will be the inclusion of “Spaces” which allows users to effectively separate apps, data and so on between accounts. This seems to be primarily designed for those who want to bring your own device (BYOB) for work while still using it for home use. The update will also include by default the inclusion of ‘Silent Space’ and its relative suits of apps. The app store is due to go live in January 2015 and the upcoming update is due to roll-out in the months afterwards. If you want to know more then click the source link below to read the press release in full. So what is your view on a privacy driven appstore? Would you like to see the other manufacturers and android versions place a greater focus on security? Interested in a Blackphone? Let us know.