Last week, Silent Circle announced that they would be gaining full ownership of SGP technologies and the full set of Blackphone products, but perhaps more importantly they mentioned that they would be announcing some new services along with a new privacy ecosystem and some new devices at the Mobile World Congress event. The first day of Mobile World Congress is already well under way and just as they stated they announced some new stuff for privacy conscious individuals to look forward to, which includes a new version of the Privat OS, new privacy and security focused features, and two new devices, the Blackphone 2, and the Blackphone + which is the company’s first tablet.
The Blackphone 2 will be the smartphone successor to last year’s original Blackphone and will be set for a launch sometime later in 2015, in the second half of the year according to Silent Circle. It adds significant improvements in the hardware department, packing a 5.5-inch 1080P display, an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a larger battery capacity this time around so users can take the phone out longer before they need a charge. As mentioned Silent Circle will also be launching the Blackphone + later in 2015 as well, although they didn’t give any details or hardware specifications on it, just that it would be the world’s first privacy and security focused tablet built for the mobile workforce.
In addition to two new devices with a new smartphone and the company’s first tablet, Silent Circle is also pushing out an update to Privat OS bringing it forward to version 1.1, which brings in a new feature called ‘Spaces’, the company’s new solution for OS level virtualization and management aimed at keeping both enterprise and personal apps without having to compromise either on privacy, choice or ease of use. Silent Circle is also launching a host of new services, including the Silent Suite which centers around features and services like Silent Phone for private voice calls in HD clarity over a P2P encrypted VoIP, Silent Text for unlimited encrypted messages, and Silent Contacts for an automatic encryption of the user’s contacts. Silent Circle is also launching new services called Silent Store which is a privacy focused app store, Silent Meeting which is a new and secure conference calling system that allows multiple participants, Silent World which lets users communicate privately with anyone who doesn’t have a silent phone, and Silent Manager which gives enterprises a way to manage users and devices over a web based interface.