Privacy experts Silent Circle have announced the arrival of a Blackphone 2 for September 2015. The cost is still under wraps. The new smartphone is the world’s first built from the ground up to be private by design.
Designed for individuals and corporations alike, the first Blackphone was originally presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in 2014 before going on sale for $629. The original had a 4.7-inch screen.
The new version will upgrade to a 5.5 inch Gorilla Glass display and have a 1.7GHz octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, a micro SD slot and a quick charge battery.
But the focal point of the Blackphone 2 is once again Silent OS, an Android-based operating system enhanced to address mobile privacy concerns. Silent OS puts privacy in the hands of each individual user, allowing them to create different “Spaces” that act as separate virtual phones on one device, thereby enabling work life and personal life to stay securely compartmentalized. You can create up to four spaces on each phone and customize them any way you like.
Silent OS’s “Security Center” also puts privacy settings at the user’s fingertips. Not only are settings easily configurable for the phone, users can also fine-tune permissions for individual apps to decide the level of data access each app receives. The Blackphone 2 comes preloaded with its own apps as well as third-party apps that enable encrypted communication.
First ads for Google’s X Phone, now called the Moto X, promise a handset as unique as its user and a phone designed and built in the US.
Rumors of an all-conquering Android handset co-developed and built by Google and Motorola have been swirling around for the best part of a year as have the mythical handset’s capabilities.
And although the ads state simply that the Moto X is “coming soon”, they do finally confirm that the handset’s internal and external specifications can be personalized and customized by its owner — as the ad says “you should have the freedom to design the things in your life to be as unique as you are.”
That suggests that consumers will be able to choose how much RAM and internal storage the device has as well as the color, finish and texture of its casing. It could even mean that users can create a customized ‘skin’ to reflect their tastes and their smartphone needs.
In May, during the All Things Digital D11 conference, Motorola Mobility’s CEO, Dennis Woodside revealed that the Moto X would use a host of ‘always on’ sensors to enable contextual awareness and automatically do things based on location. For example it would know when it was in a car and so launch the voice command option and the turn-by-turn navigation application.
It would also know when the user wanted to take a photo and therefore launch the camera app immediately — something that would usually require a number of swipes and touches.
All in all, the Moto X is shaping up to be an intriguing phone and one that is focused on features and benefits rather than simply internal specifications.
British supermodel Kate Moss has inked a deal with the Carphone Warehouse to design a range of fashionable smartphone and tablet accessories. Thirty-nine-year-old Moss will present two collections every year designed to work with a range of smartphones and other high-tech gadgets.
It might seem a funny move for a high-fashion star like Moss, who has just starred in the latest Versace advertising campaign, but fashion and tech are continuing to converge:
“My phone’s as much a part of my look as my bag or shoes, and yet there’s so little choice out there,” explained Moss. “My whole approach was to treat this as any other fashion collaboration; I was heavily involved in the design process and loved seeing my vision come to life in the final product. From the quality of materials to design, I wanted the best for my range that reflected my personal style.”
Samsung is ready to begin mass production of smartphones with bendable screens, which will make the devices thinner, lighter and unbreakable.
Mobile handset firm Nokia today said it will sell its luxury mobile brand Vertu to private equity firm EQT VI for an undisclosed amount.
Nokia’s plans to sell the subsidiary were first revealed last month and it was believed that UK-based Permira, who already own several luxury brands, were in pole position to acquire “the world’s most expensive phone brand.”
One of the most talked about pieces from the ongoing London Fashion Week is a Richard Nicoll handbag that can power a cell phone.
Nicoll unveiled the elegant white tote — which was designed in collaboration with phone company Vodafone — at his presentation February 19.
Designed to charge Blackberries, iPhones and androids while on the move, The Telegraph reports that the final product will go on sale this Spring.
South Korean mobile phone maker LG Electronics is bringing German’s fashion design brand Jil Sander into their newest device, the LG E906.
Conceived by Jil Sander Corporate Design, the sleek and slim device carries the brand’s signature electric blue.
With its technical platform provided by LG Electronics, the phone runs the next version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 7.5.
While there are iPhones and Blackberries encrusted in gold, platinum and diamonds Dior has decided this is exactly where they should enter the market with a new phone
The Dior Touch Phone runs on Android and it’s made from the finest materials, such as: sapphire crystal, steel, gold, diamond and mother-of-pearl.
Dior presents their latest mobile phone – a sleek looking touch screen phone with custom ringtones and menu, 3G, camera, mineral glass, MP3 player, WI-FI and Bluetooth connectivity. Price: €3,300 ($4,800).
Storied Japanese label Kenzo is the latest high-end retailer to launch a line of stylish phone accessories, following in the footsteps of Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci and HermÃ¨s.
As fashionistas increasingly demand designer cases for their iPhones and BlackBerries, luxury houses are cashing in on the trend.
French manufacturer ModeLabs is partnering with Kenzo to manufacture a line of chic yet affordable phone cases that will debut this December.
The Kenzo leather phone covers are manufactured in Turkey and feature the label’s signature whimsical flower print on the interior lining of the cases.
Luxury phone maker Gresso introduces its new Luxor Series, which features the Luxor Las Vegas and the Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot.
The Jackpot version flaunts a million dollar price tag along with 180g of solid pure gold, 45.5 k black diamonds and rare African Blackwood.
The Keyboard is also another innovation from the company, every key is made from crystal sapphire polished using diamond tools manually.
Luxury mobile phone maker Bellperre has developed an Italian design-inspired handset that the company says is priced for the masses.
Crafted from metal, sapphire crystal and leather, the quadband device known only as the “Bellperre” comes with a 2.2 inch display, a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, accelerometer, FM radio, email and support for up to 80 languages.
Don’t like the look of the one in the picture? Bellperre will let you design your own from materials such as polished silver, 18K rose gold, 24K yellow gold, and 125 leather options including lizard, buffalo, shark or crocodile.
Gresso, the Russian manufactured of luxury candybar phones, has announced that it now allows customers to personalize their phones.
The company says there are â€œalmost 40 combinations availableâ€ â€“ customers can choose the case model, keyboard design, and the type of leather decoration.
Moreover, a personalized text can be engraved on your phone. Creating your own Gresso handset will cost you 2,200.
Imagine a cellphone crafted with the same horological insidiousness of churning gears, analogue dials and mechanical parts as a Swiss watch.
Thatâ€™s the idea behind the Celsius X-VI-IIâ€™s mechanical cellphone. The phone is made with 547 mechanical parts, and it features a tourbillon in its hinge.
The unique combination uses a patented Remontage Papillon mechanism that mimics butterfly movement, and is activated when the wings are unfolded.
Sport lifestyle clothing label Puma is turning high-tech consumerism into a world of connected, eco-friendly and heavily branded communication experiences with its first entry into the world of mobile communications — the Puma phone.
French lingerie designer Chantal Thomass presented her first collection of mobile phone accessories in Paris amid fashion’s growing fascination with tech gadgets.
Thomass’ range includes glossy and rubber iPhone covers as well as velvet and vinyl cases, all in her signature black-and-pink, featuring lingerie themes such as lacing and bows.
Italian fashion house Versace in May will introduce its first mobile phone, entering a blossoming new high-price category for luxury fashion brands.
Versace created the phone with ModeLabs, a French company that also makes phones for fashion house Christian Dior and watchmaker Tag Heuer.
True to Versace style, the bespoke phone will feature premium materials such as leather.
TAG Heuer has announced the release of a new phone, dubbed TAG Heuer MERIDIIST Automobili Lamborghini.
The phone is crafted from titanium and crystals with a top coat of stainless steel.
The keyboard features the bull logo for Lamborghini while the back of the device is engraved with the phoneâ€™s limited edition number.
Christian Dior announces the release of the second generation of their luxury phone line just in time for the holidays.
The new luxury phone line will be launched in December 2009 and will feature gold plated and black PVD-coated handsets with sapphire crystals.
The two models are the Zelie with red casing which costs around $7,900 and the Zenaide in white which retails for $13,400.
The French company S.T. DuPont has decided to enter the mobile market by making a cell phone in collaboration with Pantech.
Of course, a luxury model like the Pantech Sky Dupont IM-U510LE is less about the features and more about appearance.
The handset has gold-plated edges and it features a 3 inch touchscreen display, 2G-only connectivity, GPS and a 3MP camera.