HTC chooses Brave as default browser on smartphone

Taiwanese smartphone giant HTC has chosen Brave as the default browser for its blockchain-powered Exodus 1 phone. Brave is a decentralised anti-advertising and anti-tracking browser powered by the Basic Attention Token (BAT) which recently got listed on Coinbase

Brendan Eich, co-founder and CEO tweeted:

“We are very happy to have Brave as default browser & to be working with HTC on their Exodus phone,”

HTC Exodus 1 is a niche, next-generation smartphone that is compatible with blockchain applications and seems to be tailor made just for cryptocurrency fans. The Exodus 1 phone claims to support various blockchain networks including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dfinity, and can be bought only using cryptocurrency

Notably, HTC is not the first mover in this space. Israel-based Sirin has already launched the first blockchain phone called FINNEY which is based on both Android and SIRIN’s open-source operating system (SIRIN OS). On the other hand, the Opera browser for Android is also launching a private beta version which will include a built-in crypto wallet. 

According to reports, Brave has over 4.7 million users on Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS and Linux devices. The inclusion, even if niche, should help the mainstream adoption of Brave. With this new addition, HTC will be hoping to wrest some of the market share which it lost to Apple, Samsung and LG and also appeal to a new market segment.

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