Global smartphone giant HTC revealed at the Consensus 2018 blockchain conference that its latest handset, the Exodus is designed specifically for blockchain enthusiasts and cryptocurrency owners.
The Exodus is touted to focus on open-source decentralized apps but will also support Bitcoin and Ethereum as well as Lightning and Dfinity networks. The phone will have secured hardware and a universal wallet that helps users store crypto while taking control of their data.
“Our vision is to expand the blockchain ecosystem by creating the world’s first phone dedicated to decentralized applications (Dapps) and security. With the release of the HTC Exodus, we can now make this a reality,” HTC Exodus landing page states.
Smartphones geared for blockchain aren’t exactly new, but previously there has been a heavy focus on security rather than cryptocurrency support or the general use of Dapps. If the HTC Exodus can be successful in these areas, it would become one of the largest blockchain networks in the world.
The announcement coincided with the news that HTC has laid out the blueprints for a new generation blockchain network that will allow Exodus users to trade crypto with each other. HTC says those who want to get their hands onto the new Android-based device will be able to use cryptocurrency to purchase it.
However, the company has not yet revealed how much HTC blockchain smartphone will cost or when it will become available.
Although the details are so sparse, there is a strong signal that the Taiwanese phone maker is seeking to make a splash in order to become competitive in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung. The move could also be an indicator that we are about to experience a growing adoption of blockchain technology across the market.