HTC’s newest blockchain-centric smartphone, the Exodus, has partnered with Opera Browser and added support for multiple DApps. According to a series of tweets from HTC’s official accounts, the company will also support Etheremon and Decentraland DApps in its ZIONVault integrated cold storage.
However, the most interesting new feature added to the phone is an app called Numbers. The Taiwanese DApp tracks user data on walking, sleeping, driving, and more, then allows users to sell their data to third parties for cryptocurrency, the Verge reported. The users will also reportedly retain control over the data that is shared with the company and will be able to see what the data is used for.
“Now not only can users own their data, but it forces companies to be more transparent about how that data is used,” says HTC’s chief decentralized officer Phil Chen.
Apart from the data sharing app, Exodus’s addition of the Opera Browser has been welcomed by the crypto community. The browser will allow users to access its integrated cryptocurrency wallet in order to make payments and micropayments on websites that support it. According to the Verge, Exodus currently only supports payments in Ethereum (ETH). The company plans on adding support for both Bitcoin (BTC) and Litecoin (LTC) in the near future.
“Now you could pay an amount like 0.00002 ETH [equivalent to about $0.0027]. And never in the history of micropayments did that make sense. There’d be a transaction fee or you’d have to share revenue with the app store” Chen said about the phone’s integration with Opera.
Chen also told the Verge that the next step for HTC will be to make each phone a “partial node” of a blockchain. That way, the company could facilitate trading between individual phone owners.
Users will also be able to use fiat to buy the Exodus phone, which was, until recently, available for purchase only through cryptocurrencies.