Blackphone announces privacy-focused app store

Secure mobile will also get its biggest update to its operating system in January

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Blackphone announces privacy-focused app store Blackphone CEO Toby Weir-Jones described the launch as a “game changer” for the brand.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  December 9, 2014

Blackphone has announced the upcoming launch of its new app store as well as the biggest update to its operating system PrivatOS.

PrivatOS 1.1, which will be available in January, will introduce Spaces, a feature to enable users to create separate self-contained "spaces" for apps, data and accounts, all on one device.

Speaking about the launch, Toby Weir-Jones, CEO, Blackphone, said: "The addition of Spaces and the Blackphone app store is the most significant update to PrivatOS since its inception and is a real ‘game changer' for the brand, further highlighting our commitment to placing privacy back into the hands of the user. We are delighted to have developed the Silent Space, alongside Graphite Software, who share our core values of privacy and security."

Spaces can separate work life from personal life, a "parents only" space from a kid-friendly one, or any other separation users require.

The app store features curated apps specifically selected by Blackphone as the most secure privacy-optimised apps on the market. Several pre-loaded apps will be immediately available with the latest PrivatOS update in early 2015.

Commenting on its collaboration with Blackphone, Alec Main, CEO, Graphite Software said: "Blackphone is the only device that places privacy above everything else. The combination of Graphite's Secure Spaces as part of Blackphone's PrivatOS gives consumers the ability of a rich app experience and converged corporate device, while staying in control of their personal information."

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