This past May, HTC confirmed it was working on a new phone by the name of "Exodus." Rather than release another typical Android handset, Exodus is a smartphone that's powered by blockchain. Today, July 11, HTC announced it's opening up early access for Exodus during Q3 this year.

Per an HTC press release:

Context and meaning are being destroyed by copyright and privacy laws that were written for a bygone era. Join the Exodus of people who will take back control of the value that exists in their personal identity and data. HTC, the leading innovator in smart phone devices, is spearheading a movement and it starts in the third quarter with the launch of early access to the world's first major blockchain phone - the Exodus.

To help make Exodus a reality, HTC is partnering with Cryptokitties, Animoca, and Bitmark. HTC says its partnership with Cryptokitties "is the beginning of a nonfungible, collectible marketplace and crypto gaming app store."

By working with Animoca (the distributor of Cryptokitties) and Bitmark ("the crypto-based digital ownership project"), HTC will be able to further its advancements into the crypto world.

As someone who's not very invested in blockchain, none of this means that much to me. However, if this is a niche you find yourself getting excited about, are you interested in what HTC's trying to do with its Exodus project? Do you plan on signing up for the early access program? Sound off in the comments below.

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