Android is a great open source operating platform for mobile, but let’s face it: it’s not the most secure thing out there. Then again, you want secure? You want BlackPhone’s PrivatOS, based off of Android? Be prepared for lockdown. Tinkerer’s hell.
One or the other. Pick one poison over the other. It’s how it has been for a while. But Canada-based Copperhead Security has been trying to seal the deal between security and openness with its own Android-based operating system called — what else? — CopperheadOS. And it’s selling modified Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones with CopperheadOS on them.
What’s so special about this system? A self-protected kernel, better firewalling, concentrated app and service isolation and passwords for both the lockscreen and decryption, ergo, zero-to-slim chances for zero-day exploits. Open source apps replace Google Play services including the F-Droid app store.
The modified 5X costs US$599 while the 6P is $749. Copperhead promises to put out updates for at least as long as Google will support the devices. If you don’t want to get a pre-loaded device, you can flash images from the site for Nexus devices as far back as the Nexus 5.