January 6, 2015
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that takes place in Las Vegas every year is a clearinghouse for all the hottest, most innovative, and best new technologies of the year. CES 2015, much like years past, promises to deliver in all areas, but I’ll be taking a specific look at the Android sector.
On Monday, January 5, BOSS Phone announced to the world at CES that they’ll be launching an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the world’s first 7 inch phone. Now, you might be wondering why that’s a big deal; you have to realize that it’s only one small piece of the puzzle.
Along with the 7 inch screen, BOSS Phone is Android powered (Lollipop), comes completely unlocked, offers Dual SIM capability, and is 100 percent TOR (The Onion Router) Certified. The new phone was developed by David Briggs and Nick Spriggs, the co-founders of Briggs & Spriggs, when David ran into an industry pain point in Turkey.
While attending his brother’s wedding, he was unable to upload a video to YouTube due to the Turkish Government’s internet filters. Briggs began researching a geographically anonymous OS that could easily integrate with a new kind of cellular device, and he came up with The Onion Router (aka ‘TOR’).
TOR was originally designed for and developed by the US Navy in an effort to improve internet privacy via a network of virtual tunnels that prevents third party surveillance of your personal connection, geographic location, and visited sites. Given all the security breaches of personal data in recent memory, Briggs and Spriggs wanted to adapt the technology for the modern smartphone market.
“As you look at the trends in technology today you notice, laptops are not selling, tablet growth is down, and phones are growing every year,” says Spriggs. “We here at BOSS are paying attention and have dedicated the past year to creating the perfect device. The BOSS phone is the first of its kind.”
In addition to the TOR technology built in, BOSS Phone’s Dual SIM capability supports two different phone numbers that can be from the same carrier or from opposing ones; e.g., Verizon – Verizon, or Verizon – Sprint. In effect, that gives the user myriad customizability options in terms of talk, text, and data plans.
So, let’s circle back for a moment: does that 7 inch screen really sound like the most important feature? Not to me. Sure, it’s awesome, I’m a huge fan of large phone screens. But when it comes to the BOSS Phone, it’s only the icing on the cake (in the best possible way).
“Our mission is to deliver innovative mobile electronics products that include features not currently available from our competitors,” says Briggs and Spriggs. “We conceived BOSS Phone as the type of device we want to use, and offer it to our customers who have a similar desire to control their digital data footprint while enjoying the highest quality smart phone experience.”
They’re only on day one of their Indiegogo campaign, but already they’re getting some bigger donations; if the campaign is funded to the tune of $150,000 BOSS Phone will be able to meet their manufacturing costs and rock the Android world. Check out this handy guide comparing the price, size, and specs of the BOSS Phone against the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (my current phone), and the Apple iPhone 6+.
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