Introducing Status: the Mobile Ethereum Client

Epicenter collection of YouTube videos featuring some important Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum and cryptocurrencies protagonists is impressive. The channel normally features 1 hour-long video chats with those figures, but interestingly the view count isn’t numerous. A surprise or another confirmation that video through the Internet is still a business of lesser quality content.

But Epicenter features quality videos (from the perspective of a chat discussion of ideas and of presentation of new developments) about the new distributed nature of Internet business that is emerging with technological developments such as Blockchain, and it does not bother with the view count. It bothers with ideas and clarifying what is emerging.

The latest episode continues this model, with the presentation of Status – a new Ethereum client project aimed at mobile devices – that promises to be an additional option for Ethereum adoption by anyone. This tries to bring the new paradigm of distributed applications and smart contracts to mobile phones or tablets, where the user is increasingly able at the few strokes of their device’s buttons to perform complex operations such as modifying the terms of a smart contract, setup new dashboard environments or even perform transactions and business financial accounts and deals (in here this is just a bit my own wishful thinking… 😉).

Anyway the scope for creative new ways of digital interaction within Blockchain ecosystems has only the way of growth in  its future.

Jarred Hope and Carl Bennets presented in this Epicenter episode a platform that aims at integrating new chat and chatbot technologies within an Ethereum smart contract paradigm. The user is able to browse Decentralised Apps, buy and sell Ether tokens locally and receive, send and store Ether.

The description section provided by Epicenter is full of resources about the people featuring in the show. A really helpful set of links is always there as is also a well written description of the discussion in the video. From this episode we could read:

The road to mainstream adoption of blockchain technologies is a long one. Although the user experience of wallets has greatly improved since the dark days of command-line only interfaces, decentralized applications continue to struggle with onboarding non-technical users.

Jarrad Hope and Carl Bennetts, join us to discuss Status, a mobile Ethereum client which aims to turn the standard wallet experience on its head. At its core, Status is a mobile instant messenger client that leverages the Whisper protocol for secure peer-to-peer communication. Through its familiar messaging interface and elegant design, users can chat and send Ether directly in the app. As the first implementation of Ethereum’s Light Client Protocol, users may also use decentralized applications such as uPort, Gnosis and Aragon on their mobile phones. Built as an open source project, Status’ developer platform also allows developers to easily port their Dapps to the app.

Topics discussed in this episode:
– Jarrad and Carl’s background and journey to the Ethereum space
– Status’ vision for a friendly, mobile Dopp client
– Status’ technical architecture
– How Status leverages Ethereum’s Light Client and Whisper protocols
– The Status user experience and feature set
– Jarrad and Carl’s views on privacy and how Status fulfils their goal of privacy by default
– The long term vision for a Status Network
– The project’s roadmap and business model

Links mentioned in this episode:

– Status: The Mobile Ethereum Client: http://status.im
– Status Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/statusim/

Sponsors:

– Ledger: Smart card security for your Bitcoins – Get 10% off your first order when you use the code EPICENTER – http://ledgerwallet.com

Currently users can run a nice number of applications with Status, for instance Gnosis (a crowdsourced prediction markets Ethereum app), uPort (an app for digital identity preservation), Aragon (a new global decentralised digital company jurisdiction app), etc… The list has scope to further increase and with the open-source paradigm… In the end only the viability and ultimate quality of the application will be the criterion of survival, a competitive paradigm that decentralised applications and businesses are also aware of and lean to.

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