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HTC is creating an Android phone that's powered by blockchain

It's no secret at this point that HTC's seen better days. The company knows how to make a solid smartphone, but consecutive quarterly losses and the departure of its mobile president has resulted in some pretty rough waters. In an attempt to turn the ship around, HTC has announced that it's creating a...blockchain smartphone.

According to The Next Web, HTC's blockchain phone will be called Exodus and is scheduled for a release at some point in October. Exodus will come equipped with its own universal wallet for managing various cryptocurrencies and special technology will allow it to run all sorts of decentralized apps.

Furthermore, all Exodus phones will also act as nodes to manage cryptocurrency trading that takes place through HTC's own blockchain network.

Phil Chen, (the creator of HTC's Vive headset) who will be leading the Exodus project, says –

Through Exodus, we are excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more. We would like to support the entire blockchain ecosystem, and in the next few months we'll be announcing many more exciting partnerships together.

HTC's yet to announce pricing for its Exodus phone, but when it does go on sale, customers will be able to purchase it using, you guessed it, cryptocurrency.

There's no doubt that HTC's trying something different compared to most other Android OEMs with Exodus, but I'm not sure this is the product that'll revitalize the company's mobile business. Cryptocurrency is an incredibly niche and volatile technology, and basing an entire phone around it seems like something only diehard blockchain enthusiasts will take to.

What do you think about Exodus?

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • I tipped A/C about another company about to release an blockchain phone but I guess it was news worthy. But I see this is going to be the "new trend"
  • Ok... So what exactly is blockchain? I tried to use my context clues, and I know we are dealing with crypto currencies... And supporting yada yada, but throw me a bone here.
  • It's basically a wallet phone for cryptocurrencies bitcoin, ethereum...ETC it basically allows you to trade cryptocurrency from phone to phone, user-to-user.... Here is a what a blockchain is Ps Semper Fi ......devil dog
    But I won't hold that against you being a Marine ;)
  • This sounds like the gimmick to end all gimmicks.
  • Exactly.
  • So boring. How people care about boring, abstract stuff like cryptocurrency infuriates me.
  • Ikr, people worldwide became millionaires recently because of this boring crap. So boring all this tech stuff that had no barring in the future.
  • Sarcasm? Look, it's just very, very dull.
  • Bingo.. Well, you can say the same about the stock market I guess.
  • Google. Use it. It's the technology that will power the future.
  • No, it's not. It's an inefficient technology that doesn't do the job as good as existing distributed databases.
  • It's surprising the lack of knowledge on this subject on here. Blockchain is the most important innovation we've recently had. The potential is unlimited. You should educate yourself.
  • It's a log where every new entry comes with a hash for the full log book. Next entry will therefore take slightly longer to add, in infinity. Anyone hooked up has the whole log book copy and can therefore verify its integrity making it impossible to add false entries. What HTC now did was add an app that can view these things. It's a gimmick.
  • If they are the only ones running the Exodus wallet on mobile, it's no gimmick. It's just a niche device.
  • Someone at HTC watches Silicone Valley
  • I wish them luck but this appears to be a last-ditch desperate effort to save the company.
  • Why does it have to be a last ditch effort? They can't just make something that some people would want?
  • lol it's bc it's HTC... whatever they do it is a last ditch effort but if samsung or apple does it it is just them being ahead of the game lol you get used to seeing it in tech sites comments
  • You're right. Idk why I even bothered.
  • Yep, I would agree with that. HTC could literally come out with a phone that is better in everything, and people will still buy Samsung and Apple. U11 was close: better camera than everything but the Pixel 2, faster than anything from Samsung or Apple (last year's HTC still out performs this year's S9), better screen than the Note 8 or iPhone 8, better audio than any smartphone (USonic), and the sales were good, but nothing like devices that were worse in many ways.
  • I disagree. I was an HTC fan for some time and I really enjoyed the HTC One M7 when it came out. Then the camera tint fiasco happened because they used cheap sensors, and instead of a recall they kicked the can down the road banking on the next phone to redeem their reputation and sales. Problem was, they extensively marketed their phones on the camera for both the M7 and the M8, and failed to deliver an impressive camera on either device. That camera tint issue really hurt the trust for the brand, and the M8 just didn't make up for it. Everything after that was a result of the fallout.. the poaching of key product and software engineers, departure of other key personnel in senior leadership, etc.
  • I like where this is going..
  • Money waste for HTC.
  • Basically more crap features with limited use cases for consumers. HTC are dead!
  • Im all for doing something different but does anyone think that this phone will help HTCs financial struggles?
  • Yes. Just because a few fake nerds who don't leave the house here on ac think it's stupid doesn't mean the world will think that. Especially accepting crypto as payment alone for it will surely help them.
  • This phone won't sell much, even if it was not from HTC, as some HTC fans think it's being criticized simply because it's HTC making it. I mean if the Galaxy Note line still sells as niche product, just imagine a phone which really no one or extremely low number of people even wished it existed.
  • This is a phone powered by what? Hmm..
    You k...
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    I wou... What ????
  • Who is asking for this? Is this a product that has a market?
  • Anyone who wants a good all encompassing crypto wallet on their phone. So yeah, there's a market. Not a huge market, but it's meeting a need for some. Especially in Asia.
  • Seems I'm one of the few who would be interested in this... Already have multiple online crypto wallets, however the idea of this phone sounds interesting.
    For those that doubt crypto currency I actually quit my real world job a few months ago and solely live off my crypto earnings when they outstripped my wage.