HTC announced about launching HTC Exodus, the first native blockchain phone which will support underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more.
HTC Vive founder Phil Chen announced that the phone is dedicated to bringing end consumers the best decentralized application (DApp) experiences, including a built-in secure hardware enclave, and helping underlying protocols expand their base of dedicated nodes, thus expanding the total blockchain ecosystem.
— HTC Exodus (@htcexodus) May 15, 2018
He noted that HTC is now devoting its passion and expertise to empower true decentralization with an end-consumer & ecosystem first approach.
“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.”
The announcement in phone’s official website reads:
“Our vision is to expand the blockchain ecosystem by creating the world’s first phone dedicated to decentralized applications and security. With the release of the HTC Exodus we can now make this a reality. With over two decades of experience manufacturing the world’s leading smartphones, and shipping over 100 million phones, we believe we can help reshape the internet with the HTC Exodus. Join us and together we will make decentralization a reality.”
Phil Chen told CoinDesk that HTC is planning to ship the phone by the end of 2018.
The Verge reports that HTC’s Exodus might be the world’s second blockchain-powered phone. The first one, created by Sirin Labs, called Finney, is a phone that lets people store and use digital currencies while skipping transaction fees. It costs $1,000.