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HTC Officially Announces a New Blockchain-Powered Phone

HTC working on blockchain-powered Android smartphone: Report

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Taiwanese tech giant HTC is reportedly working on a new Android phone named
Taiwanese tech giant HTC is reportedly working on a new Android phone named "Exodus" that will be powered by blockchain technology. Pixabay
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Taiwanese tech giant HTC is reportedly working on a new Android phone named “Exodus” that will be powered by blockchain technology.

“The upcoming phone will come with a “universal wallet” and a built-in secure hardware system to support cryptocurrencies and decentralised applications,” TheNextWeb reported late on Tuesday.

Blockchain smartphones are claimed to offer better security and user experience by integrating “cold wallet” storage right into the device and enabling direct trading of the native cryptocurrency with peers on the phone’s network, without mining fees.

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“The company plans to create a blockchain network using ‘Exodus’ phones to facilitate cryptocurrency trading among the phone users,” the report added.

Phil Chen, the brain behind HTC’s Virtual Reality (VR) headset “Vive” will be in charge of all blockchain and cryptocurrency related initiatives of HTC including “Exodus”.

“Through ‘Exodus’ we are excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, ‘Lightning Networks’, ‘Ethereum’, ‘Dfinity’ and more,” Phil Chen was quoted as saying by TheNextWeb.

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However, HTC has still not announced the price of the smartphone but the company is reportedly considering accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment for the device.

Before HTC, Sirin Labs’ blockchain smartphone which was announced in September 2017, is slated to launch in October 2018. (IANS)

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Facebook Plans to Launch its Own Cryptocurrency

According to the tech website Cheddar, Facebook is "very serious about it"

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After reports surfaced that Facebook is creating a new Blockchain group, fresh media reports have claimed that the social networking giant is also exploring the creation of its own cryptocurrency.

According to the tech website Cheddar, Facebook is “very serious about it”.

However, “people familiar with the matter said the social network doesn’t have plans to hold a so-called initial coin offering (ICO) by offering a limited number of virtual tokens for the public to buy at a set price,” the report said late Friday.

Facebook has over two billion users globally and launching cryptocurrency will allow them make payments using a virtual currency like Bitcoin.

“I’m setting up a small group to explore how to best leverage Blockchain across Facebook, starting from scratch,” David Marcus, currently the executive in-charge of Facebook Messenger, said in a post.

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In a statement later, Facebook said: “Like many other companies, Facebook is exploring ways to leverage the power of Blockchain technology. This new small team will be exploring many different applications. We don’t have anything further to share”.

Global spending on Blockchain solutions is expected to reach $2.1 billion in 2018, more than double of the $945 million spent in 2017, market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) said earlier this year.

Recode had first reported that Facebook is building a new team dedicated to Blockchain technology and Marcus was leaving his post to run the Blockchain group.

Also Read: Report: Facebook Shuffles Top Management, eyes Blockchain

The Blockchain team would come under “New platforms and infra” run by Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mike Schroepfer, who will also take care of Facebook’s AR, VR and Artificial Intelligence initiatives.

Mired in a massive data breach controversy, Facebook has rolled out biggest-ever shuffle at the senior management level since its inception — across platforms, including WhatsApp and Messenger.

According to Recode, the company has made long-time executive Chris Cox in-charge of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger — now called a “family of apps”. (IANS)

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