After the success of HTC’s first blockchain phone EXODUS that hit the markets in October last year, the Taiwan-based electronics behemoth has now announced its plan to launch the phone’s second generation, as reported by Taiwan News.
The announcement was made at a recent tech event held at Taipei by the company’s decentralized chief officer, Phil Chen. The launch is expected to happen by the end of this year.
New Features Expected in EXODUS 2
The success of the EXODUS can be attributed to the phone’s unique features, like an in-built cryptocurrency wallet and its compatibility with various decentralized applications (dApps). The new model will surpass the existing one in terms of features, as revealed by Chen:
“The new phone will extend its blockchain apps to include other areas such as browsing, messaging, and social media.”
The 2nd generation will also include peer to peer app connections that were not a part of the previous version in which apps passed via cloud and mainframe boards to get connected.
HTC’s Blockchain Connection
HTC’s connection with blockchain runs deeper than EXODUS. Recently, it started a $50 million venture capital fund dedicated to the popularization of blockchain tech and looking to invest in burgeoning crypto startups.
World’s Growing Fascination with Blockchain
The blockchain revolution that started with Satoshi Nakamoto’s vision of a decentralized peer to peer network of exchange that eliminated issues common to digital currencies has now become a part of various technological advancements that have used blockchain in a way that even Nakamoto might not have imagined. The blockchain powered smartphones that have been developed by electronic companies the world over are a testament to that effect.
Although, not all blockchain phones have been as successful as the EXODUS. In fact, as reported earlier this month, Finney, the blockchain phone developed by Israel’s Sirin Labs has failed to bring in expected profits leading to employee layoffs.