Go Ethereum is an Ethereum client that allows you to interact with the blockchain. It’s one of the more tangible aspects of Ethereum, as it allows you to actually call functions on smart contracts.
An important issue to address before seeing a wider implementation of blockchain technology is accessibility. Go-Ethereum seeks to tackle this problem through allowing their code to be offered as a library for mobile platforms. Go-Ethereum is available for both iOS and Android developers, at the CocoaPods and Maven Central repositories, respectively.
The mobile wrappers for their Go libraries will focus on four main usage areas:
- Simplified client side account management
- Remote node interfacing via different transports
- Contract interactions through auto-generated bindings
- In-process Ethereum, Whisper and Swarm peer-to-peer node
If you’re a developer working on a Dapp, it’ll be that much easier to integrate your project with mobile platforms. This would allow a user-friendly app to utilize Ethereum’s blockchain to store data or run smart contracts.
Ethereum is positioned to be a supporting pillar of Web 3.0, and easily integrating it into mobile apps is a big step for the widespread adoption of blockchain technology. Péter Szilágyi, a core developer at Ethereum, shared this information in a reddit post, and added:
“The API is still a work in progress, especially on iOS as that platform needs further code-generator fixes in the upstream gomobile project.
The above link contains a small introduction and a guide on how you can include go-ethereum in your Android/iOS project either via a package manager (Maven/CocoaPods) or manually by downloading bundles from our website.
The API will be polished hand in hand with writing the developer guide for the mobile platforms in the following weeks. I'll try to regularly release anything new. Hopefully we'll get to a nice and round guide/tutorial by the time the API settles!”
Ethereum and most blockchain-based technology are still technically in beta, so the more people that attempt to integrate, such as through mobile apps, the better. The kinks will be worked out quicker, and bugs will be found and fixed as more developers get involved. Check out the GitHub page for more information.