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.
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.