Blackphone Confirms Privacy-Focused App Store And Device Sandboxes Incoming


BlackPhone, the post-Snowden, pro-privacy Android smartphone joint venture between secure comms company Silent Circle and phone maker Geeksphone, has confirmed it will be adding an app store to its PrivatOS in an update early next year.

The major update will also roll out another new feature called ‘Spaces’. This will enable users to segment activity on their device by creating multiple secure spaces for particular apps, accounts or data. The feature will be powered by Canadian company Graphite Software‘s OS-level virtualization software.

Speaking to TechCrunch back in October Blackphone co-founder Jon Callas indicated an app store was incoming, detailing a plan to expand its hardened Android OS to include a curated app store experience — offering third party apps it has selected and vetted/reviewed for potential security concerns.

The Blackphone device and startup business is an attempt to consumerize the hard problem of security and privacy within a familiar-looking Android wrapper, and by bolting on multiple third party services…

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