Steve Chao, the founder and CEO of QSAlpha, has launched a new Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for his Android based Ninja smartphone. Dubbed a cipherphone, the Quasar IV uses QSAlpha’s Quatrix technology to help users protect their entire digital world including phone calls, email, mobile apps, SMS, and cloud storage.
According to Steve the essence of online security is the ability to operate in stealth, leaving no trail behind you. To that end they studied the arts of the Ninja and asked themselves, if a Ninja had a phone, what would it look like? What functions would it have? How would the Ninja use it?
This stealth mode is achieved using QSAlpha’s Quatrix technology. The Quatrix technology is heavy on encryption, signing and identity authentication. It uses public and private keys which are generated from an impressive sounding 16^16^4 three-dimensional matrix. This matrix contains information about all the possible Quatrix public keys in the entire world and is stored on the phone. This means that any communications between two Quasar IV phones is authenticated and encrypted via the information stored locally on the phone. It happens offline with no need to contact a third party public server.
To secure phone calls between two Quasar IV handsets QSAlpha offer a VoIP app, which encrypts the call and verifies the identities of the two parties. The same idea applies to texts, emails and file transmissions. Also part of the QuaWorks ecosystem is the QuaStore, which forces apps to be digitally signed by the original developers to ensure they haven’t been tampered with. There will also be an SDK so that developers can create data-encrypted applications. QSAlpha plans to actively promote innovation among developers. Interestingly, the Quasar IV offers developers access to the core source code making it a completely open yet secure application ecosystem.
QSAlpha hopes to raise $3.2 million and release the Quasar IV cipherphone and QuaWorks ecosystem by April, 2014. The 64GB handset will cost $785, which is actually cheaper than the 64GB off-contract version of the iPhone 5S, but backers of the campaign will be able to get it for just $595. The Quasar IV 128GB edition will sell for $855 but is available to backers for only $665.
What do you think, are you tempted by an Android smartphone that offers high levels of encryption?