Ten years after the launch of its first device based on Android OS, HTC is preparing for the official release of the first blockchain-enabled phone.
On Tuesday it became known that an early version of HTC Exodus 1 became available for pre-order and pay for via Bitcoin or Ethereum. Delivery of the smartphone will begin in December of this year. In a press release said that Exodus 1 is available to customers in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, New Zealand and thirty other countries.
HTC also said is looking for developers to participate in testing early version of the device. In addition, HTC's decentralized chief officer, Phil Chen, said that the company wants to get feedback from blockchain community about the early version of Exodus 1, in order to eliminate possible shortcomings and to improve security.
One of the main advantages Exodus 1 is the existence of a "secret enclave" protected from the Android OS and is intended for storage of the crypto keys. In addition, to avoid permanently losing your keys, HTC has created a "Social Key Recovery" process. With it, users will be able to appoint "trustworthy" contacts, each of which will be available to download applications for key management. In case of loss of the private key for one reason or another, the user will be able to use these contacts to restore access to their funds.
HTC is also going to release an application programming interface for third-party developers who will be able to use the blockchain phone to protect the keys and sign transactions.
HTC has not yet released any information about when the device might see a wider launch to the general public.