HTC has announced to add new blockchain smartphone features in its mobile phone, Exodus 1. It is adding about 20 new apps to enhance blockchain applications.
It has released the Zion Key Management API to selected partners. Partnering with Opera it will use the API with its web browser and built-in Zoin wallet to provide additional protection to cryptocurrencies users. This feature will enable Exodus users to make micropayments to websites contents that support cryptocurrencies.
One of the newly added apps called Numbers has a personal tracker to track the user personal data, like driving, walking and sleeping. It will also allow users to sell the data to the selected third parties which could be interested in buying such data.
As the user is the real owner of data, this will also force companies to provide transparency about using such data. The additional benefits these apps would bring is the lowering of health and car insurance in case of recording positive data. This will open new growth opportunities for making partnerships with insurance companies.
Furthermore, HTC is also trying to make the buying of Exodus much easier this time as initially it was sold in cryptocurrency. However, from March 2019 it will be available in real local currencies in selected regions. The smartphone will be sold at a price of US$ 699 in the US.
Blockchain technology is one of the key features smartphone makers are pursuing. Samsung has already announced blockchain smartphone features in its upcoming model S10. Commodity Inside expects other companies will follow soon. Google also holds shares in HTC and we expect both Apple and Google would likely to develop the technology further for their iOS and androids.
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