HTC to be the ‘World’s First Native Blockchain Phone’

Smartphone producing company HTC is making a major step into the cryptocurrency ecosystem and wider blockchain industry
15 May 2018   526

The Taiwanese company reported about the “HTC Exodus,” which it characterizes as the “world’s first native blockchain phone.” The device will be made under the leadership of Phil Chen, who assisted to create HTC’s virtual reality headset Vive. Chen, who now holds the title of “chief decentralized officer,” will head all of the firm’s cryptocurrency 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. We would like to support the entire blockchain ecosystem, and in the next few months we’ll be announcing many more exciting partnerships together. 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.
Phil Chen
Vive Founder, HTC 

The Android phone will be developed in order to provide the support for decentralized applications (DApps) like CryptoKitties, and it will keep a safe hardware enclave to provide users with access to a universal cryptocurrency wallet that is native to the device. The phone will be reconcilable with multiple protocols and will also support interoperability. 

HTC has not yet revealed a price tag for the Exodus, but the firm made a hint that it is thinking about the possible adopting crypto payments once it becomes available for buying.

ICOs to Lose Popularity, Diar Research Say

Diar assumes that in the future unregulated ICOs won't attract significant attention
11 December 2018   12

Although since the beginning of this year, ICO-startups have managed to raise over $ 12.2 billion, the November figure was only $ 65 million, according to data from a new study of the Diar portal.

According to analysts, the once popular method of financing, which allowed startups to attract tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in the absence of any product, exhausted itself against the background of fears about regulators' actions and the general dynamics of the cryptocurrency market, which did not leave retail investors with anything except for an unpleasant aftertaste.

This version is also supported by the data from the TokenData portal, which Diar leads in his research. Even with respect to the October levels, which constituted only a small fraction of what could be collected a few months ago, the November figures were 3 times lower.

Diar assumes that in the future unregulated ICOs as we have known them over the past years will no longer attract significant attention and will give way to regulated platforms of tokenized securities.