BI Chinese station reported on May 16
HTC has just released a smartphone called HTC Exodus, which it calls "" the world's first native blockchain mobile phone. ”
HTC Exodus will be similar to HTC's other Android smartphones. The difference is that it is designed to support distributed applications developed based on blockchain technology, as well as features described by HTC as "built-in security hardware."
Details including prices are not yet clear. HTC said that this is a mobile phone that focuses on privacy users. Through the use of blockchain technology, HTC has promised that HTC Exodus allows privacy-conscious users to control their own data without having to rely on a large technology company's cloud storage platform.
In addition, this phone also comes with a built-in encrypted currency wallet. Ultimately, HTC stated that each HTC Exodus will be able to act as a node in the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains, so each handset can increase the overall size and scope of the network.
The project leader is Phil Chen, the founder of the Vive business of the HTC virtual reality helmet. Phil · Chen left the company in 2015 and ventured into the venture capital field, but now he has returned to HTC as CEO of the Decentralized Division.
Phil · Chen discussed his HTC Exodus program at the Consensus blockchain conference in New York. He said that the goal is to build a mobile phone that supports distributed systems. He believes that a blockchain-powered smart phone may inspire a new wave of distributed systems, just as computers once paved the way for the birth of the Internet.
HTC suggested that in the future, users may be able to pay for mobile phones using cryptocurrencies, but they haven’t elaborated yet. Phil · Chen said: "We believe that mobile phones can become decentralized agents in the future. We hope that you will have a secure management method in our mobile phones and will always keep the keys in your hands." ”
In fact, HTC Exodus may be the world's second blockchain-driven mobile phone. The first one, introduced by Sirin Labs, is called Finney, which allows people to store and use digital currency while avoiding transaction costs. Finney sells for $1,000.
Interestingly, many companies have already launched their own blockchain plans, whether they are veterans seeking more profits and wanting to stay competitive through distributed networks, or companies looking for novelties, or they may try to save themselves. Image of the company.
HTC cut off many U.S. employees this year and merged the smartphone with the virtual reality department. It may belong to the last category of companies.