Popular smartphone manufacturer HTC is taking a huge step into the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain through the launch of its native blockchain-based phone. On Tuesday 15th May, the Taiwanese phone launched the HTC Exodus which will run on the Android network whilst being tailor-made to provide support for decentralised applications such as CryptoKitties. It will also feature a secure hardware enclave that will enable customers to access a universal crypto wallet that is integrated into the device. The phone will be compatible with a range of protocols and will also support interoperability.
Developed by Phil Chen who was also behind the creation of HTC’s virtual reality headset, Vive, he is not the Chief Decentralised Officer with the company and is in charge of all crypto and blockchain related initiatives.
“Through the Exodus, we are also excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more,” Chen wrote in a blog post accompanying the announcement. “We would like to support the entire blockchain ecosystem, and in the next few months, we’ll be announcing many more exciting partnerships together. Together, we want to craft the best blockchain & decentralized application experiences to end consumers.”
Chen added: “I want to see a world where the end consumers can truly own their data (browsing history, identity, assets, wallets, emails, messaging, etc) without the need for central authorities. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but I believe the mobile hardware layer can contribute significantly to our new decentralized world.”
Whilst HTC has not yet put a price on the new device, HTC has hinted that they may consider accepting crypto payments once the Exodus is on the market.
Scheduled for release in October 2018 is the Finney, a blockchain-powered smartphone with a price tag of $1000.
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