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While the biggest smartphone brands continue their race inside the walled garden of the centralized internet, HTC has chosen to break free from the barriers and put forth an innovative idea for the future: a decentralized smartphone for a decentralized web.
Now, HTC announced its new smartphone, the Exodus 1s. It is a cheaper version of their Exodus 1 which was launched last year and it will be capable of running a full Bitcoin node out of the box. The push for innovation by HTC powered by blockchain technology is a breath of fresh air in a market that is going insane looking for the full-screen displays and foldable phones.
HTC’s latest device will enable many more users to validate Bitcoin transactions on the blockchain on the go. Removing the barriers of owning a big chunky rig to be able to perform such tasks, the Bitcoin blockchain will be stronger and more resilient. What’s more, the full node and a number of other services integrated into the device will allow developers to produce apps that will be able to connect to decentralized networks directly. Such a device puts the power back into the hands of the consumers since decentralized networks are more resistant against censorship and give people control over their privacy and money. HTC’s new decentralized chief officer, Phil Chen, also expressed similar views in a statement:
“Running a node is maybe the most important part of the blockchain as it helps secure the network, every one of them acts as an authoritative verifier of every single transaction of the block. For Exodus customers, we’re building technology for the open, neutral, borderless, decentralized and censorship-resistant world.”
Furthermore, the 1s will also inherit the Zion private vault to store the private keys that allow access to the phone owners’ cryptocurrencies. What’s special about this vault is that it is sealed off from the rest of the phone’s apps to allow for a safer data storage. What’s new in 1s is that developers will be allowed to build more apps on top of Zion, which supports Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin, using the newly open-sourced developer kit.
HTC’s new device is being celebrated as the champion of supporting privacy protection. HTC will be using a search engine called Quant which claims to respect it’s users’ privacy and does not track your information on the internet. Policies like this help envision a future in which conglomerates like Facebook, Amazon, and Google will no longer hold the keys to the private data of billions of people on the planet.