On December 10th, CNET reported that major smartphone manufacturing company, HTC will be using a decentralized browser, as the default browser on their handsets. HTC is a Taiwan based mobile phone company which was formed in the year 1997. HTC was one of the dominant smartphone vendors in the United States at the end of 2010. Trailing Apple and Samsung resulted in HTC losing its market share. HTC held 2,3 percentage of market share in 2017 whereas, in the year 2018, it controlled less than half a percent.
Brave, A browser powered by blockchain, barring ads and website trackers is being reported to be pre-installed on the HTC Exodus 1. Exodus 1 is the world’s first mobile phone supporting multiple blockchains, BTC (Bitcoin) and ETH (Ethereum) networks included. The project was announced in May 2018.
Co-founder of Brave, Brendan Eich announced their partnership with the electronics giant HTC on 8th December through a tweet. His tweet stated that ‘we are very happy to have Brave as default browser and to be working with HTC on their Exodus phone.’
BAT (Basic Attention Tokens) is used by Brave to send payments to advertisers and its users. You can also pay for premium content through it. $35 million were raised by brave in a matter of 30 seconds during the BAT initial coin offering (ICO).
SIRIN Labs launched a smartphone based on blockchain technology last month, called FINNEY. FINNEY is based on Android as well as SIRIN OS (An open source operating system), and it offers crypto wallet. FINNEY also provides encrypted communications. Opera browser has disclosed its plans of launching a private beta version which will hold an inbuilt crypto wallet. The crypto wallet is supposed to support Ethereum Web3 and will be integrated with a default web view.