HTC’s plans for 2019 and beyond have been announced, including this year’s strong focus on mid-range smartphones and its partnership with Bitcoin, as well as its plan to leverage its expertise in VR and 5G networks for its 2020 devices.
According to Darren Chen, President of HTC Taiwan, two-thirds of the local market is made up of mid-range smartphones, which is the reason why the company will be launching more devices targeting that segment.
Also, HTC recently announced the beginning of a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership between themselves and Bitcoin to drive innovation and adoption of crypto-technologies.
Through the partnership, HTC’s flagship EXODUS 1 smartphone is now the first phone that provides Bitcoin Cash (BCH) support without having to download a BCH wallet from an app store.
For existing EXODUS 1 users, updating the software on their device will provide them with a Bitcoin.com wallet app pre-loaded.
“The EXODUS vision has always aligned itself towards public blockchains and its fundamental transformative nature of the future of money and the internet,” said Phil Chen, Chief Officer at HTC.
“The Zio Vault is happy to support BCH natively in hardware for security to go hand-in-hand with the BCH blockchain as an alternative to dominant payment rails and platforms.”
As for 2020, the focus will then move towards implementing its VR know-how and 5G capabilities into their new devices.
The company also plans to begin promoting its Viveport VR app store, with the cooperation of carriers.
Also, in 2020, HTC is planning to launch its line of 5G smartphones, with HTC currently promoting the HTC 5G hub, which is the company’s smart 5G Wi-Fi router.