HTC unveils blockchain-powered smartphone – ‘Exodus’

Smartphone manufacturer HTC has announced Exodus – the world’s first blockchain-powered smartphone – with support for crypto such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

The device was announced at Consensus 2018, a blockchain conference in New York City. According to HTC’s vision, Exodus phones will be used as nodes on a native blockchain network that support crypto trading between users.

Phil Chen, founder of HTC Vive and new “decentralised chief officer”, said at the conference: “We envision a phone where you hold your own keys, you own your own identity and data, and your phone is the hub.

“Through Exodus, we are 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.”

Image: Consensus 2018 (via The Verge)

According to reports, the Exodus may not actually be the first blockchain-powered smartphone, as Sirin Labs announced a similar device late last year.

In addition to the company’s ambitions with the device itself, HTC may reportedly allow the Exodus phone to be purchased with cryptocurrency.