CNET has reported that Brave, the decentralised and ad-blocking browser is now the default option on HTC’s blockchain phone. The only issue, as some may see it, is that it is only available on the HTC Exodus 1 phone, a niche product aimed at cryptocurrency fans who, according to the source, are now fewer in number.
Chief Executive Brendan Eich, co-founder of Brave and previously Firefox maker Mozilla, revealed the partnership in a tweet: “We are very happy to have Brave as default browser & to be working with HTC on their Exodus phone.”
According to TechCrunch, HTC, a Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer, was the leading smartphone vendor in the USA by the end of 2010 and in 2017 it had 2.3% of the American smartphone market, which has largely been taken over by Apple, Samsung and LG.
Brave — an open-source blockchain-powered browser will reportedly be pre-installed on the HTC Exodus 1, “the first native blockchain phone” with support for multiple blockchains, including BTC and ETH.
Brave browser uses Basic Attention Tokens (BAT), which are used to send advertisers’ payments to Brave and Brave browser users, and BAT can also be used to pay for premium content.
This could be an important deal for promoting browsers that generate revenue based on how much traffic they send to search engines, something that Google doesn’t do with Chrome, which is the default browser on Android devices. In pilot trials scheduled to begin this year, Brave’s basic attention token (BAT) will be used to send advertisers’ payments to Brave and to Brave users who opt into the system. The BAT payment system, called Brave Rewards, already lets Brave users fund the websites they visit, as well as YouTubers and Twitch videogame streamers.
The HTC Exodus 1 is designed to work with a variety of cryptocurrencies and their related blockchain platforms, including bitcoin, ethereum and Dfinity according to Phil Chen, HTC’s “decentralised chief officer.”
According to Brave, it has about 4.7 million users on Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS and Linux devices.