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Sirin Labs: “We’re not with IOTA”. Finney Phone Relies on Ethereum Now

Sirin Labs, the company behind the development of the Finney phone, could have changed its plans, abandoning IOTA in favor of adopting Ethereum for its blockchain-oriented phone.

Since its announcement, all the news was that Sirin Labs would be working closely with IOTA to develop its handset. The network’s focus on the Internet Of Things kept the community very much on the lookout for the latest updates of this promising partnership.

However, according to reports from ETHNews, Moshe Hogeg, CEO of Sirin Labs, personally told them that the two projects went their separate ways:

“We’re not with iota, we looked into it and decided to go a different route.”

It seems that now, the Sirin Labs team would be focusing on the development of a private network based on Ethereum:

“At launch, we will be using the blockchain … the FINNEY will process through a series of complete nodes hosted at Sirin Labs.”

This move is somewhat surprising for those who have closely followed the project, and although they did not elaborate on the reasons why they made this decision, it could be due to the lack of maturity of the IOTA project.

Rendered Images of the Finney Phone / Courtesy Sirin Labs

It should be noted that according to information published by Mr. Hogeg, it is very likely that the Finney Phone will be released in November 2018, so it is essential to have a solid blockchain to ensure the project’s success.

The Sirin Labs team is emphatic in stressing that the use of the Ethereum network is a temporary solution. The medium and long-term vision is to adopt a third generation blockchain on which they can reliably run their token in terms of scalability, speed, and security.

To achieve these goals, they evaluated several options, including IOTA and Cardano; however, the team’s perspectives seem to point towards the development of a native blockchain as the ultimate solution.

The Ecosystem Conceived by Sirin Labs / Courtesy: Sirin Labs

The Finney Phone will cost approximately $1,000 and can be pre-ordered through the official Sirin Labs website.

It will have a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 processor, which means it will have the best mobile processor available on the market, as well as the best graphics chip. Its 128 GB of storage expandable to 2TB via slot card and 6 GB of RAM make it an important competitor within the high-end cell phones of 2018.


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Big Step for Litecoin: Confirmed HTC Exodus Blockchain Phone Backing LTC

It has been announced via the twitter page of HTC Exodus that Charlie Lee – founder of Litecoin and the blockchain network will be part of the project as an advisor.

If everything goes by plan, the first native blockchain phone will make its debut in Q3 this year. In contrast to the many existing centralized cloud systems, every device will be a node. This way each user will own their identity and information.

The founder of Litecoin, Charlie Lee recently revealed that one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world, HTC is going to include support for LTC and “the Lightning Network [LN] on Litecoin natively.”

And now, Mr. Lee did let know his followers that he took part in developing the Exodus last week. Each phone bought will have as an addition a cold storage/wallet for digital currencies.

“Met the HTC Exodus team last week and was really excited to hear the phone will support LTC and Lightning Network on Litecoin natively! I will be an advisor as I see having a secure crypto phone that makes LN simple is needed for mass adoption. P.S. No, they will not remove BTC.”

In May this year, HTC said that they are working on the world’s first blockchain-powered smartphone. It was going to have features “dedicated to decentralized applications and security.” In the beginning of the project, Phil Chen – Chief Crypto Officer, noted that HTC Exodus will only support the two leader by market capitalization [Ethereum and Bitcoin].

“Through the Exodus, we are also excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more,” Chen was quoted as saying. “We would like to support the entire blockchain ecosystem, and in the next few months we’ll be announcing many more exciting partnerships together. Together, we want to craft the best blockchain & decentralized application experiences to end consumers.”

However, later on down the road, Charlie Lee as quoted above revealed the LTC and Lightning Network Support.

Traders that are will be owning the device are able to trade the tokens from one to another directly from the phone.