HTC has announced plans to launch the world's first ‘blockchain' phone.
The HTC Exodus, which will launch in early access this quarter, is the "world's first phone dedicated to decentralized applications and security".
The smartphone manufacturer said the Exodus will utilize decentalised apps (DApps) and include a cold storage wallet, along with including the token-based game Cryptokitties.
"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. 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 decentralize the internet and reshape it for the modern user," said HTC's Chief Crypto Officer Phil Chen.
HTC said that the phone will support multiple protocols with the intent of interoperability between blockchains. The UI will be tailored for DApps, the phone will operate on a trusted hardware stack with APIs that connect to wallets.
The decentralized model and use of DApps will benefit the user by putting their data on their device, instead of on a cloud, and will benefit the ecosystem as a whole through increasing the DApps user base, and also increasing the number of nodes in various blockchain systems by making every phone a node.
HTC also announced that the non-fungible token (NFTs) game Cryptokitties, will be distributed on selected HTC devices, beginning with the HTC U12+. Cryptokitties, best known for having caused serious disruption to the Ethereum blockchain in December, allows players to collect virtual pets. The unique pets can be traded and bred using the blockchain infrastructure of Ethereum.
"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," added 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.