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Europe, Middle East, & Africa This week on Startup Street, a blockchain-powered smartphone that’s endorsed by arguably the world’s best football player; a startup that is going to help Andhra Pradesh build its new smart capital; BSE’s separate platform for listing startups is delayed; and hote aggregator Oyo gets tech savvy. Here’s what went on: The hottest buzzword of the year, blockchain, has now reached the smartphone industry.

Switzerland-based Sirin Labs AG has unveiled its first “blockchain-powered smartphone” that would allow users to store and trade cryptocurrencies securely through their devices. The phone, named FINNEY, will cost $1,000 and will be available from November, according to its website.

The smartphone will run on SIRIN OS, which is built on top of Google’s Android 8.1 operating system, and offers top-of-the-line features. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, has 6 gigabytes of RAM, 128 gigabytes of expandable storage, a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 6-inch screen with minimum bezels.

The phone also features a cold-storage cryptocurrency wallet with a physical security switch for protection. It also features encrypted communication through calls and text, although the person on the other side should also have a device capable of it. Read more from bloombergquint.com…

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