'Privacy without Compromise' Leads Security-Specific Smartphone into Android for Work

Silent Circle has announced that its unique Blackphone 2, a privacy-first smartphone, will lead its launch into Google's Android for Work programme.

Silent Circle, a leader in enterprise privacy delivered through a specialist mobile ecosystem of devices, software and services will join Android for Work as part of its on-going aim of delivering enterprise privacy.

The Android for Work programme, which was announced earlier this year by Google, offers businesses simple management and enhanced security for user devices. The programme's flexibility in offering customisable solutions will act as a natural fit for Silent Circle's "privacy without compromise" philosophy.

"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 programme. 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 will signify the continued expansion of Silent Circle's enterprise privacy platform, an innovative combination of software, services, and devices working together to integrate privacy at every level of business - something that enterprise IT leaders are becoming increasingly dependent on. The platform will include 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, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Deices. "Customers responded to Blackphone's unique offering of privacy by design, and pushed us to offer even more choices for its second generation."

The Blackphone, which was 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 will also offer expanded support for existing MDM systems, and an updated implementation of the Spaces feature introduced in the first Blackphone, all on faster hardware designed to deliver a premium user experience for mobile business users.

"Our Blackphone 2 release this fall will bring support for Google Play and Google Mobile Services to Silent OS, 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," added Puron.

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