HTC Exodus to Be 'World's First Native Blockchain Phone'

HTC Exodus

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Though no additional specs, pricing or even confirmation that the HTC Exodus would run Android, HTC has opened up a reservation form for those interested in a blockchain friendly phone.

The phone, reportedly dubbed 'Exodus, ' will feature a universal wallet and built-in secure hardware that supports cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications.

HTC is hoping that all its Exodus phones will act as nodes for facilitating blockchain transactions, including cryptocurrency exchange. If that doesn't get you Mr. Robot fanboys going, I don't know what will.

The handset is being led by Phil Chen who is the creator of the HTC Vive VR headset.

Chen wrote in a blog post " Through Exodus, we are excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more. "We would like to support the entire blockchain ecosystem", he said. "With the release of the HTC Exodus we can now make this a reality".

HTC isn't the first to tout a blockchain phone.

Exodus is expected in October. Chen, who now holds the title of "chief decentralized officer", will head all of the firm's cryptocurrency and blockchain-related initiatives.

We've already seen a couple of early adopters: the Sugar S11 Blockchain Creation Edition in January, and the Sirin Finney earlier this month.

HTC is not the first company to envision a blockchain smartphone.

The device will also feature what's supposed to be a trusted and user-friendly UI for DApps.

In addition to cryptocurrency manipulation, blockchain is touted for its ability to offer both better security and user experience by incorporating cold wallet storage - offline cryptocurrency storage - directly into the phone.

You'll also be able to easily trade with peers on the phone's network - without any mining fees.

While there aren't too many details on the new smartphone, the company did give some idea of what to expect.

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