Status (SNT)

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Status (SNT) is an open source, decentralized messaging application, crypto wallet and Web 3.0 browser built on top of a blockchain network. The platform was launched by Carl Bennetts and Jarrad Hope in 2017. SNT is a utility token that offers holders a variety of privileges.

Aiming to be a “secure communication tool that upholds human rights”, Status operates as a light client node on the Ethereum blockchain, and is something like an operating system that gives users access to all of the decentralized applications (dapps) on the Ethereum blockchain. The target market is smartphone users - any of whom can access the Ethereum dapp directory through the Status application. The latter is available on both Android and iOS.

Status also emphasizes the social nature of the platform. Instead of advertisers or money pulling the strings when it comes to what content is shared, it is the holders of SNT tokens who become the major stakeholders in the network and decide how the network is governed.

There are a few areas that development can be broadly categorized into: core development, SNT utility, research and “essentials.” The team, which itself is quite decentralized, is currently working on particular goals in each of these categories, including network incentives, token economics, the browser and the wallet. 

2019’s list of milestones include significant development on Nimbus, a client focused on scaling using the sharding technique, a dapp discovery feature and improvements to different versions of the Status application.

Ethereum 2.0 - What's the Score?

3 Aug 2020 10 minute read 2 comments Status Community Updates

Before I get into the technical details behind this article – I think that there has been a huge topic of conversation that I have so far neglected to cover in any of my Ethereum technical articles. That being: Is the future of Ethereum worth thinkin...

The case for running your own validator

24 Jul 2020 3 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

You only need to be online >50% of the time to be profitable The first thing to realise when running your own validator is that you can help secure the network without worrying too much about uptime. Assuming the network is generally healthy (which...

Self-Sovereignty and the Transformation of Online Security

23 Jul 2020 5 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

With the transition from a culture of customer service to self-sovereignty, our approach to security must adapt. Smartphones and the rapid adoption of mobile payments have enabled us to communicate and transact wherever we are, whenever we want. Howe...

Ethereum 2.0 - What is Proof of Stake?

16 Jul 2020 4 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

From all that I've read online, there seems to be a fair amount of confusion involved when Ethereum community members ask about the changes scheduled for Ethereum 2.0. There are a few  'major' feature changes & functionality implementations scheduled...

Status App Notifications on Android

16 Jul 2020 5 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

Notifications are a crucial part of the mobile app experience. While one can debate about their harmful effects on cognitive overload and associated dopamine triggers in this attention economy, notifications nevertheless play an intrinsic role in mes...

v1.4.1 Release – UX and Accessibility Improvements

16 Jul 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

Over the past few months we have built and shipped a number of exciting releases with new features including the Keycard integration, notifications, group chat and more. Sometimes we just need to introduce a few minor improvements to make the Status...

The importance of a mobile-friendly eth2 client

9 Jul 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

On Monday, Dean Eigenmann tweeted the following: Dean Eigenmann tweet While Dean's concern is a valid one, it rests on the assumption that specialised hardware is required to run a validator. As you may or may not know, one of our goals at Nimbus is...

Keycard and the Status App: Connecting the Status Network

9 Jul 2020 2 minute read 5 comments Status Community Updates

The Status App’s latest 1.4 release integrates Keycard to provide the Status App with contactless secure cold storage for private key management and authentication. This launch boosts the Status Network as an interoperable collection of projects and...

Notifications & Privacy in the Status Messenger

7 Jul 2020 3 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

We’re excited to bring notifications to the Status Messenger for Android users. This clearly valuable addition to the messenger is one of our most-requested features. As a privacy-focused Messenger, we needed to overcome technical considerations to s...

Status App Introduces Integration with Keycard – the Contactless Hardware Wallet

26 Jun 2020 3 minute read 0 comments Status Community Updates

People can now tap Keycard against their phones to authorize app transactions, login, and store cryptocurrency with the Status Mobile App. Zug, Switzerland – June 23, 2020 –  The Status Network, a blockchain infrastructure builder that builds tools f...