HTC wants to make blockchain phones a thing.
HTC claims it’s spearheading a movement – and in the third quarter this year will be launching early access to the world’s first major blockchain phone. Enter the Exodus.
The company says it has a vision to expand the blockchain ecosystem by creating the world’s first phone dedicated to decentralised applications and security. As a start, the Exodus will include its own cold storage wallet.
“In the new internet age people are generally more conscious about their data, this a perfect opportunity to empower the user to start owning their digital identity,” says HTC “chief crypto officer” Phil Chen. “The Exodus is a great place to start because the phone is the most personal device, and it is also the place where all your data originates from. I’m excited about the opportunity it brings to decentralise the internet and reshape it for the modern user.”
The advent of Bitcoin and Ethereum brought with it the idea of digital scarcity and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Now, HTC has partnered with the world’s first and most popular NFT game on the blockchain, Cryptokitties, to exclusively distribute it on mobile via selected HTC devices, starting with the U12+. Calling the move a “significant step,” HTC says it’ll be on the Exodus, too.
“We understand the potential of digital scarcity and uniqueness. With Exodus, HTC aims to be a general blockchain asset marketplace. We are here to invite all developers to distribute their blockchain game, collectible and NFT concept through us. We believe there is a paradigm shift and the pendulum is swinging back to ownership and the value of content,” says Chen.
HTC is also announcing two partnerships to accelerate advancement in the space: Animoca, the distributor of Cryptokitties, and Bitmark, the crypto-based digital ownership project.
Further details on specifications of the Exodus are due to be released in the coming months.