HTC's Blockchain phone today receives several new apps that show us what the phone can be really good at. HTC adds about 20 new apps, including a personal tracker that can sell your data for cryptocurrency. In addition, the company works with Opera to give users the ability to make payments to websites. Previously, the key feature of this phone's blockchain was the ability to trade and store CryptoKitties.
The HTC Exodus phone now has access to a number of new decentralized apps (known as "Dapps") that live in an app store that is not & # 39; It is managed by a specific company that specifically uses the phone's hardware. The most interesting addition is an app called Numbers, which collects user data about walking, sleeping, driving, and so on. Then you can sell your own data to third parties. The app, which is created by a Taiwanese startup, indicates what kind of data your phone can track and a list of companies interested in the data.
The Numbers app aims to provide more transparency in terms of data collection and allow users to ̵
The Exodus 1 phone has been available since December, after being opened for pre-orders last October. Previously, the key features of the phone chain connected to the blockchain were the crypto currency purse and a key recovery mechanism that allows you to save recovery details to some friends in case your phone is lost or stolen. With these new apps, the Exodus 1 wins functions that actually exploit its focus on the blockchain.
In addition to adding more Dapps to the Exodus App Store, HTC has also teamed up with the web browser Opera, which launched its app, its own cryptocurrency purse on Android in December. The partnership will allow you to make micro payments to websites that support it. The phone currently only supports payments with Ethereum, although Bitcoin and Litecoin should also be supported in the coming months.
Chen says that the micropayments can change the game as people can transfer very little money without incurring additional transaction fees. Many services have already tried this with little pulling power, but Chen believes that embedding the cryptocurrency makes the system more sustainable. "Now you could pay an amount like 0.00002 ETH. And never in the history of microbe payment made sense. There's a transaction fee, or you have to share the revenue with the App Store, "Chen says.
The new apps and the Opera integration are said to show how great a decentralized App Store can be, but a decentralized app throws Store has its own problems, and Chen admits that HTC will not be able to test all the thousands of Dapps available for security in the future, and users are more likely to be warned if only a few Dapps are left from Exodus.
Starting in March, people will be able to buy the Exodus phone in cash, not just cryptocurrency, and the Exodus 1 will be sold in the US for $ 699. The next step is to turn any phone into one Nodes ("subnode", says Chen now) in blockchain, which allows owners to facilitate Bitcoin trading among themselves, which could come later this year. "It's clear that it's not done yet," Chen says.