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Is BlackPhone 2 Replacing BlackBerry?

Is BlackPhone 2 Replacing BlackBerry?
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Silent Circle claimed at a launch event that its new secure smartphone, the Blackphone 2, it is going to replace BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ: BBRY), according to a Gizmodo report.

The company's security specialist, Mike Janke, said, "We don't care that BlackBerry's CEO is throwing nasty things about us onto Twitter. We're going to dominate them."

The company seeks to address security and privacy gaps that other technology companies, like BlackBerry, have ether missed or ignored.

According to Silent Circle's Blackphone website, the phone's Android OS utilizes compartmentalized "Spaces" that allow users "to create and manage different secure containers" on the smartphone. Spaces include protective walls around encrypted data so that apps cannot access the data without permission.

Janke added, "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."

The report noted that with BlackBerry's decline in recent years, it is not a "massive claim" to suggest replacing or dominating the company. Further, the phone will not be launched until the summer so it remains to be seen if it can fill the "hole left by BlackBerry's disappointing touchscreen smartphones."

BlackBerry recently traded at $11.02, up 1.9 percent.

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