Status, a Singapore-based startup creating an open source light client that operates similarly to a messenger app for mobile phones, has just announced its alpha phase.
For a little background, Status told ETHNews in an interview in October 2016:
“Our goal is to allow users to take Ethereum anywhere with them by using their smartphones. The first version will be built for the Ethereum developer community: A mobile light client that looks similar to a messenger app. We then plan to create a gateway for the mass market by allowing users to be able to easily access ÐApps.”
Now that Status is officially in its alpha phase, “it aims to provide developers with a glimpse at how interacting with decentralized applications (DApps) will look through its open source interface.”
According to the Status press release, the Status light clients for Android and iOS have a base offering that comes in both a messenger and a Dapp browser which enable users to access decentralized applications and send encrypted messages, smart contracts, and digital currencies; all using Ethereum’s decentralized protocols.
“The alpha release is primarily targeting developers, however it is available publicly to anyone interested in blockchain technology, and interested parties are encouraged to visit www.status.im to learn more.”
Status has been gaining a lot of traction within the Ethereum community since its interview with ETHNews back in October. In late November 2016, Status won first place in the blockchain startup contest hosted by Blockchainhub Graz. Through an interface that’s more easily understood by mobile phone users, Status could potentially catapult Ethereum use into mainstream adoption once it reaches further stages in its development. Until then, developers are welcome to list their Dapps within the Status Slack channel or by visiting the Status Wiki. Other users are welcome to visit Status’s site to learn more. The alpha release runs only on the Ropsten testnet. Android users may click here to become a tester. However for iOS users, “We're slowly rolling out TestFlight invites via email right now to those who signed up for early access.”
Co-founder of Status, Carl Bennetts, stated:
"We started rolling out alpha invites this morning, and couldn't be happier with the feedback thus far. 2017 is going to be an exciting year for Ethereum, and we hope Status can help inspire more DApp developers to start experimenting on mobile.
We certainly have a long road ahead, but the alpha release marks an important milestone for the team, and hopefully signifies the beginnings of an intuitive, open source mobile experience for the Ethereum Network.”
Status is a free and open source mobile light client. Read the full press release of the alpha launch below:
Status.im, an Ethereum mobile client launches in Alpha, aimed at early adopters and developers
Singapore - 5 January 2016 - Status, an Ethereum light client targeting Android & iOS unveiled its feature light alpha today. The alpha release aims to provide developers with a glimpse at how interacting with decentralized applications (DApps) will look through its open source interface.
As a base offering, Status is both a messenger, and a DApp browser — enabling users to access decentralized applications, along with sending encrypted messages, smart contracts, and digital currency to one another using Ethereum’s decentralized protocols. Status utilizes messaging as a platform, upon which Ethereum DApp developers can integrate with through its Chat API and developer tooling, slated for the Beta release.
“One way to think about Status is that it’ll eventually serve as a sort of onramp or gateway so that everyday people can benefit from decentralized applications built on Ethereum, whilst simultaneously helping DApp developer s to reach new users,” said Co-Founder Jarrad Hope, adding “It’s been a long time coming, but we couldn’t be more excited about releasing this to the Ethereum community; as an alpha release it’ll inevitably have its fair share of bugs, and we have a tremendous amount of work still ahead of us, but it’s an important milestone nonetheless.”
Messaging as a platform is already a proven model in many markets, but Status is perhaps the first decentralized, blockchain-based interpretation. “In our eyes Status provides a clear path towards Ethereum user-adoption on a meaningful scale, while remaining flexible and general enough to cater to the wide range of DApp ideas we’re yet to see conceived,” said Co-Founder Carl Bennetts, “We truly believe that Ethereum and blockchain technology has the potential to change fundamental aspects of how society functions, and if Status can play even a very small part of this transition it’d make us very happy.”
Developers can to list their DApps within Status by joining the Status Slack channel, or by visiting the Status Wiki. The alpha release is primarily targeting developers, however it is available publicly to anyone interested in blockchain technology, and interested parties are encouraged to visit www.status.im to learn more.About Status
Much more than an Ethereum Wallet, Status is a messenger, DApp browser, and an open source project with the mission to facilitate the transition to a more open internet and financial system through the new paradigm Ethereum represents. With the high level goals of preserving our collective right as humans to privacy, mitigating the risk of censorship, and promoting economic trade in a transparent, open manner, Status is building a community where anyone is welcome to join and contribute to the cause.