CRYPTOFRICA: BLOCKCHAIN PHONES, THE NEXT WAVE OF SMARTPHONES
there is a new wave/rise to blockchain phones globally, as smartphone manufacturers are already exploring the new space.
What is a Blockchain Phone?
A blockchain phone is a smartphone that supports the decentralized web, also known as the web 3.0 and can run decentralized applications called Dapps. These Decentralized Apps (Dapps) act as the basic applications we download from our play store or appstore but they are backed by peer-to-peer networks instead of private servers.
Existing Blockchain Phones
not all phones on this list are full blockchain phones but each has at least functionality of a what a blockchain phone can do.
HTC EXODUS 1
The first Blockchain phone was introduced by HTC, the Exodus 1 and when it was launched in 2018, it could only be purchased with bitcoin. The HTC Exodus One, a $699 phone has its own set of Dapps and a partnership with Opera for micropayments, beating transactional fees even for large transactions. The Exodus One would also be getting Dapps that help one control, track and even sell one’s data, increasing transparency on how companies use one’s data. That isn’t all the features of the Exodus One, the blockchain phone also has an encrypted wallet for storing cryptocurrencies and private keys. The Exodus one also has Brave Browser as its default browser
2. Samsung S10
Many won’t consider the Samsung S10 as a blockchain phone, but it sure has blockchain features of storing cryptocurrencies like bitcoin,ethereum and 2 other cryptocurrencies (more may be added later). We can’t say at this point if Samsung plans on adding decentralized apps to its Galaxy S10.
3. Pundi X Xphone
Pundi X just joined the list of Blockchain Phone manufacturers, with its Pundi X Xphone, a multi-OS phone running a Blockchain OS created by Pundi X, alongside Android OS. According to sources, on blockchain mode, the XPhone can operate completely independently of centralized carriers. Users can route phone calls, messages, and data via blockchain nodes without the need for centralized service providers. The XPhone is actually the first mobile phone that can run completely on a decentralized ecosystem powering telephony, messaging, and data transmission. The XPhone significantly expands the use of blockchain technology beyond financial transfers. Every Xphone is also a node that contributes to the blockchain.