On Wednesday, October 10 2018, Pundi X announced the development of a blockchain-based OS and communication protocol for mobile devices, allowing users to make calls, send messages and transmit data via a fully decentralized blockchain network.
Powered by Function X, an ecosystem built entirely on and for blockchain, the new mobile phone called ‘XPhone’ runs on a new transmission protocol for the blockchain age. The innovation significantly expands the use of blockchain technology beyond financial transfers.
This type of operating system allows for far more than just traditional calls: messaging and data transmission of all kinds can be accomplished by routing activities through blockchain nodes — you don’t even need to use phone numbers. Without the necessity of using a central carrier, the user will have exclusive control over their data and how it is managed.
The user can store that data and share it easily, and developers will be able to “quickly and easily publish decentralized applications via FXTP,” that is the new transmission protocol.
As for the smartphone, which is a blockchain node in and of itself, it is essentially the physical form of Function X. Since it appears showing off the OS in several videos, we can expect to get more details about it soon in addition to its ability to successfully render blockchain-supported phone calls.
Pundi X recognizes the hesitancy the world has with the implementation of blockchain, but also the zealous excitement that surrounds the field. Pitt Huang, the co-founder and CTO, draws a parallel between the present state of blockchain and that of the internet in the early 90s, and he believes that blockchain is in the pre-maturity stage.
The XPhone OS is currently available to phone manufacturers for testing. The detailed information of Function X will be available on October 15. The Function X blockchain, FXTP, IPFX, and XPhone will be officially launched in Q2 2019.