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Blackphone Adds Secure App Store to Its Privacy-Centric Smartphone

The Android phone will also gain "spaces" where users can securely separate their work and personal apps, content and services.


Blackphone said Tuesday that it is adding its own app store, with a collection of curated apps that it says complement its privacy-oriented Android smartphone.

The device, which sells for $629 unlocked, is a collaboration of Spanish device maker Geeksphone and Silent Circle, a firm that includes PGP creator Phil Zimmerman. The goal is — with so much information stored on smartphones — to have a product that puts security and privacy at the forefront.

In addition to the app store, which will launch early next year, Blackphone is adding the option for secure “spaces” — essentially allowing users to have separate containers for work and personal data, apps and accounts.

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