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What the two visions of blockchain-based phones mean to you

  • Fred Miguel

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Manila   /   Wed, November 28, 2018   /  02:05 pm
What the two visions of blockchain-based phones mean to you Although compact in size, a smartphone can become the most important tool for certain jobs. (Shutterstock/Maria Savenko)

Can blockchain-based phones yield another gold rush? 

If you’re on the market for a new smartphone, you may seem to have diverse options, but this is only an illusion. Your smartphone of choice will run on either iOS or Android. It will most likely be created by one of the handful of manufacturers who have substantial market share, such as Samsung, Apple, or Huawei. And no matter what brand you choose, the specs or your device will fall within a comfortable range of one another. For the average consumer, in short, there is little meaningful difference from smartphone to smartphone: Each can generally do what the others can.

This uniformity does fortunately does not apply to the nascent field of blockchain-based phones. Though there are only a few devices announced in this new category so far, there are already two distinct visions for how the bloc...

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