Dash has demoed four separate decentralized applications (DApps) leveraging blockchain accounts and usernames, including a basic username wallet, a Twitter alternative, a merchant point-of-sale app, and an online merchant back-end system. These DApps are live and able to be tested on Evonet, a developer testnet for Dash Platform, and showcase a potential integrated DApp ecosystem possible with a single decentralized login.
In a recent video by Dash Platform community developers, four different DApps are demoed: a basic username-enabled wallet named EvoWallet, a Twitter alternative named Jembe, a point-of-sale merchant app called Checkout, and a merchant back-end system called InStore. Users create a username via EvoWallet, and use this wallet to authorize logins and payments with the other DApps, including creating a social media profile on Jembe and paying an invoice on Checkout, whether scanning a QR code for a one-time payment, logging in with a username and PIN, or adding the merchant to a contact list for more streamlined future payments.
All four DApps are currently able to be tested in conjunction with each other.
One decentralized login to access unlimited apps while maintaining control over data
The video highlights the key value proposition of Dash Platform: a single blockchain account tied to a human-readable username and allowing protocol-level contact lists, which can be used to access any number of applications while maintaining full user control over data. In the example of a wallet or payments system, the username, contact lists, and payments history (including data on payees, reason for payment, etc.) are all in possession of the user, and can be easily imported into any wallet or payment app without losing data or connections. Similarly, in the case of a social media account, the user can log in with their Dash username and send and make posts, make connections to other users, and send and receive payments/tips to users, and have all this history and data saved and able to be used in any number of competing apps, giving users complete control over their data.
This creates a situation where a user can own a single decentralized identity that is used for nearly all purposes from payments to exchange accounts to social media, while eliminating the risk of either losing that data or giving it up to third parties. This would solve a key usability issue in cryptocurrency, as well as solve a data privacy issue common in the modern digital age.
Dash Platform was released in its first iteration on EvoNet, a public developer testnet, at the end of 2019, with a full testnet release expected in Q4 of this year, with mainnet release for use by the general public after all bugs are identified and fixed.
The competition around human-readable username systems is heating up
While Dash makes strides to release its key username-based offering, other projects have made similar advancements in providing usability improvements to the cryptocurrency experience. HandCash is a Bitcoin SV wallet leveraging usernames and contact lists to facilitate payments. Ethereum Name Service (ENS) and Unstoppable Domains use Ethereum to register web domains, which can associate static cryptocurrency addresses for easier payments. Finally, the Foundation for Interwallet Operability (FIO) is a separate network which allows users to register usernames and separate cryptocurrency wallets, and send payments including invoice and other data.
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