HTC blockchain-centric smartphone Exodus has recently revealed its partnership with Opera Browser along with the addition of support for multiple decentralized applications (Dapps) in a series of Tweets.
This collaboration indicates the addition of support for Etheremon and Decentraland Dapps in its ZIONVault integrated cold storage, and additional capacity for a Taiwanese Dapp called Numbers in its smartphone.
Numbers helps the users track their data and allows them to sell it to interested third parties on their own terms in return for cryptocurrency. This implies that the users still retain control of the data and have complete transparency on what part of their information is being used by the companies.
All these new features are in addition to the phone’s previous blockchain-related compatibility that already supported crypto wallet and the CryptoKitties Dapp.
The partnership with Opera browser will allow the users to utilize the browser’s integrated crypto wallet and conduct transactions and micropayments on the supporting websites. According to The Verge, Exodus and Opera only support payments in Ethereum (ETH) for now, but they plan to extend it to Bitcoin (BTC) and Litecoin (LTC) soon.
HTC’s decentralized chief officer, Phil Chen, said in an interview:
“Now you could pay an amount like ETH 0.00002 [equivalent to about USD 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 also noted that they plan to make each phone a “partial node” of a blockchain that will facilitate trading between the phone owners.
Starting in March, the Exodus smartphone can be purchased using fiat currencies, in contrast with how they only accepted crypto in the past.
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