HTC launches a smartphone around the metaverse

HTC is preparing an interesting return to the smartphone market with a new device to be announced on June 28.

In 2018, HTC announced the launch of its new EXODUS 1s smartphone at the Lightning Conference in the German capital. The EXODUS 1s is a cheaper version of the HTC EXODUS 1 smartphone, equipped with an integrated hardware wallet. HTC sells the very first units onsite during the Lightning Conference, where payments are collected via the Lightning payment network. the smartphone is an opportunity for the public to immerse themselves in the world of crypto currencies to take advantage of the potential of blockchain technology, all for a very accessible entrance ticket. The retail price is €219 EUR/5990 TWD, or the equivalent in BTC, ETH, LTC, BNB and BCH cryptocurrencies.

The HTC featured a secure enclave – a locked area on the device that is protected from the Android operating system. It holds the keys to your cryptocurrencies, be they currencies or non-replaceable tokens (NFTs) or, in the very near future, all your digital data. The brand has developed a unique social key recovery mechanism, in case your phone is lost, stolen, or forgets your keys. It’s an easy and secure way to recover lost keys in the terminal, it also keeps HTC from keeping them in a central location.

HTC is an iconic brand in the smartphone ecosystem.

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HTC shared a tweet on Thursday, June 9 teasing a new phone dedicated to the Metaverse, specifically HTC’s “Viverse”. The official teaser poster shows the phone’s shape with rings extending further from the screen like eternal mirrors. HTC announced its Viverse brand in March 2022 as a way to market its metaverse ambitions. HTC turned to virtual reality when it withdrew from smartphone production, and its flagship product is called Vive. There is a high probability that this smartphone will give users access to “Viverse”, their metaverse platform where you can host meetings, watch VR concerts, play games, sell or buy NFTs, view art and more.

There will not be one metavers, but several metavers will coexist. It will walk the existing tracks of the internet and share similar characteristics such as market dominance, monopolistic practices, walled gardens and manipulation of user data. However, there are strong incentives for some players to aim for an open metaverse. For example, Microsoft uses its Mesh platform (the company’s metaverse application) with a range of external hardware on different systems. HTC, the maker of VIVE virtual reality headsets, is promoting the open metaverse with several initiatives to enable hardware and software interoperability.

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It is one of the most advanced companies with Meta in the field of VR and the metaverse and has been for a long time! The brand’s first virtual reality headset, simply called HTC Vive, was introduced as part of a partnership with Valve Corporation, implementing the SteamVR hardware and software ecosystem. It was unveiled during HTC’s Mobile World Congress keynote in March 2015. Development kits were shipped in August and September 2015, and the first consumer version of the device was released in April 2016. It has since been replaced by newer models with improved specifications. HTC has also launched accessories that integrate with Vive and SteamVR, including motion and face tracking sensors.

In February 2022, HTC unveiled Viverse, a metaverse ecosystem made up of its 5G products, Vive VR devices and related initiatives, as well as partners such as ENGAGE and VRChat. VIVERSE should provide multiple paths to the metaverse by providing access to virtual worlds of non-VIVE and non-VR devices such as smartphones through software tools such as VIVE Connect. Parental controls are available to Metaverse users through a new app called VIVE Guardian.

If you want to understand what the metaverse will be tomorrow is to watch this video (45 minutes), Alvin Wang (汪丛青) Graylin, the president of HTC China, has been working on the topic for years, China is definitely the most progress on this area subject. He leads all aspects of HTC’s regional business (Vive/VR, phone, Viveport content platform, partnerships and investments) and the company’s XR Suite business globally. He is also currently vice chairman of the Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance (IVRA.com) with more than 300 member companies, chairman of the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance, an $18 billion fund (VRVCA.com), and oversees the Vive X VR (VIVEX. co) accelerators in Beijing, Shenzhen and Tel Aviv.

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