HTC raised eyebrows last year with the launch of its Exodus 1 Blockchain phone and many rejected the product as a stunt aiming to intercept the cryptocurrency bug.
However, the company is eager to emphasize its commitment to the device. It is said that it could have a major impact on building the future of the Internet itself.
TechRadar Pro spoke with Phil Chen, the decentralized HTC headquarters and head of the HTC Exodus 1 project at MWC 2019 this week. Find out how.
Chen admits that Exodus 1 has taken a somewhat rocky start, resulting in a "communication gap" with many in the cryptocurrency community.
"We do not think it's perfect, but it's definitely a 1
"It's interesting – a lot of people on the Internet crypto community still does not understand it … they get the place, but they do not get where the phone fits in the room. "
" (But) the real developers in this room understand Chen says that HTC will now seek developer attendance for its presence highlighting the possibilities of Exodus 1 and working closely with the 300,000-member community around the world.
HTC also reveals that the Exodus 1 can now be bought in real currency (with prices starting at $ 699 in the US) in 2019, rather than being limited to Bitcoin or Ethereum, as was the case in the cases, which will hopefully increase the device's appeal even further.
HTC and Chen, for whom Exodus 1 is clearly a big passion project, see the device as the starting point for building a new Internet ecosystem based on blockchain-based principles such as decentralization.
The company revealed this week that it would partner with Opera to host the APIs that provide Exodus 1 users with extra security for their wallets. There is also the ability to interact directly with services, conduct transactions, and sign in with the private keys stored on their device – an early example allows users to make micro-processions directly to online content providers.
says that the concept of owning your personal digital identity is an important focus for his team and one that he believes can impact a variety of industries and industries.
HTC says the decentralized web gives users the ability to protect and protect themselves Secure your own data by offering more transparent peer-to-peer services and getting rid of middlemen who previously had access to them Information has benefited.
Chen is understandably positive about the future of Exodus 1, although he would not do so if there is still a new 2.0 device in production. The team is currently engaged in building relationships with the broader community. A software development kit is to come on the market "in the coming months", with which developers can make friends.
"Exodus is not about the hype – it's about building real innovation in technology," he says.
"We are still high on the list – we understand the timing of this thing, it is too early … We do not ride the wave, we are really authentic Serves the development and development of the next generation of the Internet at a decentralized level. "
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