Appcoins (APPC) may be preparing to take the cryptocurrency industry by storm with some improvements it has been making on its products. In fact, there are few cryptocurrencies that are working so hard to build their customer base through better service delivery.
The company has implemented some amazing upgrades in the last two weeks that may well set them on the high road to the top of the cryptocurrency list in the world.
Introducing Ritchie – the biggest AppCoins release ever
AppCoins (APPC) is seeking to expand its user base but adoption has been slow due to some “friction” with the process majorly difficulty with In-App Purchases and maintaining the culture of validating transactions. Using the old AppStore Foundation (ASF) SDK means users have to go through exchanges and waiting for days to convert fiat currencies to Ethereum and then APPC before making purchases.
IAP was not entirely impossible within the AppCoins protocol but its complete dependence on the blockchain was contrary the Google Play billing system which developers are used to. The ASF system’s reliance on the blockchain also means management of items in the store and purchases has to be done by developers and in the ASF SDK alone.
A better experience for both developers and users
To improve this system and make it easy to use by developers, the Ritchie release was upgraded on top of the ASF to produce a new Billing System known as BDS which incorporates “the server-side management of items and purchases” for every developer’s wallet and is similar to the Google Play billing system developers are used to, making it easy to migrate. At the same time, BDS enables data storage on the blockchain and communicates with AppCoins’ API directly using AppCoins wallet instead of Google Play App.
For the end users, Ritchie presents an easy way to make IAP purchases using credit cards in seconds through the APpCoins wallet and developers can easily validate such transactions. By gathering all the purchase information and building a merkle tree, developers can validation the genuineness of the root hash sent to the blockchain.
The upgraded protocol is available to all users on the aptoide app store which currently has 35 million active monthly users and 200m active yearly users. New users only need to install the app to start exploring the flows.
More to come
Although the credit card payment feature and BDS billing system had a few “minor” issues such as inability to buy apps after aborting an initial purchase, most of them have been fixed and pushed to Google Play Store and Aptoide.
The IAP flow from the ASF which only works with the blockchain has stopped working with the BDS wallet because the BDS Wallet works closely with the BDS Billing system which the ASF is not familiar with. The team is currently working on this to ensure complete compatibility of BDS Wallet with ASF. Meanwhile, the BDS Wallet size of 50 MB which was too large for the Ethereum blockchain has been reduced to a more acceptable 14.5 MB and pushed to both Google Play Store and Aptoide as well.
The developers are also working on a bit of an incentive system in the user acquisition flow where users will be rewarded for using apps if they can provide a Proof-of-Attention, which is not possible for now because users need Ethereum to be able to send their PoA to the blockchain. The team is however working hard to fix this as well to make users have a great time with the AppCoins (APPC) protocol.