HTC Exodus to Be ‘World’s First Native Blockchain Phone’

Smartphone manufacturer HTC is taking a major leap into the cryptocurrency ecosystem and wider blockchain industry.

The Taiwanese firm on Tuesday unveiled the “HTC Exodus,” which it describes as the “world’s first native blockchain phone.”

The Android-powered phone will be tailor-made to provide support for decentralized applications (DApps) like CryptoKitties, and it will feature a secure hardware enclave to provide users with access to a universal cryptocurrency wallet that is native to the device. The phone will be compatible with multiple protocols and will also support interoperability.

The device will be developed under the leadership of Phil Chen, who helped create HTC’s virtual reality headset Vive. Chen, who now holds the title of “chief decentralized officer,” will head all of the firm’s cryptocurrency and blockchain-related initiatives.

“Through the Exodus, we are also excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more,” Chen wrote in a blog post accompanying the announcement…

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