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MWC 2015: Silent Circle unveils Blackphone 2 smartphone and Blackphone+ tablet

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Silent Circle has announced the Blackphone 2 at the MWC 2015. The smartphone boasts of an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and Silent Circle’s PrivateOS 1.1. The Blackphone 2 will be released in the summer for a price tag of $629.

Blackphone 2 smartphone has a 5.5-inch Full HD screen with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The device runs on 64-bit Qualcomm octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone is backed by a 3060mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 feature. It is equipped with an enterprise oriented Silent Circle’s PrivateOS 1.1, a highly secure layer that sits on top of Google’s Android OS.

The Blackphone 2 has a “Spaces” UI, that is a virtualization system, that offers different log-ins running concurrently on each app or service. Users can set up an Enterprise Space for their work documents and communications, a Personal Space for private emails and pictures. The smartphone comes equipped with the Silent Store, which is a privacy and security orientated app store.

Silent Circle has revealed a few details about its new Blackphone+ tablet which will be “the world’s first privacy focused tablet”. The Blackphone+ tablet will have a 7-inch screen, a Qualcomm processor and is expected to be launched in the fall.

The company’s chairman, Mike Janke stated at the launch of the company’s new Blackphone 2 smartphone, “While the rest of the market is going one way, with selfie sticks and curved screens, we’re going down another, to the heart of problems, sticking with privacy and security.”

Silent Circle’s first Blackphone received $750 million in orders and the company anticipates an even bigger response to the Blackphone 2. Co-founder and Silent Circle chairman Mike Janke had this to add, “Never before have private citizens been under barrage from world governments — hacking, vacuuming, and chipping away at our privacy.” “We’re replacing BlackBerry, we don’t care that BlackBerry’s CEO is throwing nasty things about us onto Twitter. We’re going to dominate them,” said Mike Janke at today’s launch.

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MWC 2015: Google announces Android Pay

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It was only a matter of time before Google entered the mobile payments segment. Company SVP Sunder Pichai just made Android Pay official during his keynote speech at MWC 2015. Android Pay though is not a service. Rather, it is an API framework, which developers will be able to use in order to build payment methods into their own applications. The best example of this would be Google Wallet, which will use Android Pay.

Pichai said Google agrees that mobile payments have become much more important. The idea is for users to carry their credit or debit cards on their smartphones and pay directly for services, while on the go.

Android Pay though is not like Apple or Samsung Pay. The two services are native to their respective ecosystems, managed by the respective companies. Android Pay on the other hand, like the OS itself, is for everyone else. Any developer can pick up the API and use it on their app(s).

This will allow mobile payment to become popular across devices, irrespective of the price range or specifications. Google’s Android Pay will be using the tokenized card numbers method to make mobile payments more secure. This means that even if the service you’re paying for or the vendor providing it is hacked or compromised in any other way, the thieves will only get a one-time-use number, instead of all your card details.

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