Secure Blackphone gets high performance boost

2014-04-29 10:00 - Duncan Alfreds
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The Blackphone is aimed at security conscious consumers. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)


Cape Town - The company producing the secure smartphone has announced a high-performance processor for the device.

Silent Circle and Geeksphone, the companies behind the Blackphone said that the device would be powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 4i mobile processor.

The quad core processor runs at 2GHz and is designed to offer lower battery consumption without sacrificing performance.

The Blackphone comes with 16GB of onboard storage and 1GB of RAM, though there is also support for a micro-SD card.

"NVIDIA's industry leadership and the compelling advantages of their Tegra 4i mobile processor make them a key partner in creating a disruptive product backed by the best components available," said Toby Weir-Jones, CEO of SGP Technologies SA, the company which produced the privacy software for the Blackphone.

As more revelations about the US government's involvement continue to harm trust in internet companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft, many have turned to encryption technologies to limit their exposure to online espionage.

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But even elaborate security strategies are not impenetrable.

"You can never say that something 100% secure. There is nothing that is 100% secure in the world; if someone is saying this to you, they are lying," Blackphone vice president of Engineering David Puron told News24.

The device runs a customised Android 4.4 KitKat operating system known as PrivateOS which encrypts data without adding much additional hassle to the user.

Industry insiders have acknowledged that much has to be done after revelations by former US security contractor Edward Snowden of a massive data mop up operation by the US government.

"I think people are more worried about what the NSA is doing with their data than what an advertising agency or a Walmart company will do with their data. They know that the worst thing that can happen is that we want to sell something, and they know that rule of the game," said Maurice Lévy, chair of Publicis Groupe, France and chair of the Governors Meeting for Media, Entertainment & Information 2014.

"We understand that trust is the ultimate asset and if you lose it then all of your business is at stake. We've got to make sure that every step along the way, we're building customer trust," added Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart.

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