Electronic giant HTC dropped plans to release a smartphone with a native blockchain network. The Taiwanese company is up for introducing another smartphone instead, which will feature in-built cryptocurrency wallet and popular CryptoKitties application.
May 15 saw HTC unveiling HTC Exodus, its blockchain smartphone project. The device was promoted as the world’s first smartphone capable of supporting both Bitcoin and Ethereum networks and featuring “a native blockchain network tht uses Exodus phones as nodes that support cryptocurrency trading between users”.
Back then, the creator of HTC Vive Phil Chen, revealed his intention to create a product that would allow its users to “truly own their data […] without the need for central authorities”.
This week, however, Chen spoke to The Verge about much less ambitious project. He said that the phone that would allow users to control their digital identity is still something for the future. Though the release of Exodus is, nevertheless, scheduled for this year, the smartphone will contain just a native crypto wallet and CryptoKitties.
According to Chen, HTC works on incorporating crypto mining on mobile as well. He noted that HTC research and development team has been exploring this opportunity for quite a while already.
It is also worth noting, that the world’s third-biggest handset maker Huawei Technologies Co. also considers the possibility of designing a smartphone that would support blockchain apps.