Samsung Bullish on Blockchain – Pushing for Developers on New Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK

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Samsung has been, behind the scenes, building a variety of blockchain-powered services aiming to capitalize on the emerging market of cryptocurrency and blockchain services – From cryptocurrency wallets to DApps.

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Earlier in the year, Samsung announced the Samsung Blockchain Wallet App, along with the blockchain-enabled flagship Galaxy S10 to allow transactions in cryptocurrencies and allow users to easily access DApps on their smartphones.

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This is now possible through the Samsung Blockchain Keystore, a critical part of Samsung’s blockchain initiative which addresses some of the key security concerns presented by bringing blockchain to mobile platforms. Keystore allows the security-conscious user to treat his or her phone like a cold wallet, storing private information in a dedicated secure zone with the additional protection of Samsung Knox and TEE.

The Keystore is now also open to DApp developers through the Samsung Blockchain Keystore SDK, allowing coders to integrate the Samsung Blockchain Keystore into their DApps and provide secure private key authentication.

But there’s more… Samsung’s push into blockchain is expanding even further with the Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK which was announced two days ago at the Samsung Developer Conference 2019 (SDC19). The comprehensive solution tackles two of major obstacles in expanding the DApp ecosystem: security and the complexity of building a mobile-compatible DApp.

 

The new SDK not only allows DApps, many of which are web-based, the ability to seamlessly integrate their apps into the mobile space, it is also highly attractive for legacy apps that want to integrate blockchain features, such as enabling payment with cryptocurrency. 

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Reducing the complex process in building blockchain apps will certainly make life easier for developers but also – in the long tail to users as well as it will open up a wider ecosystem of DApps and more possibilities for blockchain.

A dedicated mobile DApp browser on mobile will change the game for developers, as it allows the conversion of web-based blockchain applications to mobile with a very simple SDK integration. This means users will be able to now use applications right from their phones.

Developers can easily incorporate blockchain into any existing app with new support for legacy applications which means users can easily make payments in cryptocurrency in their favourite applications – whether purchasing in-game items, buying a coffee, or simply subscribing to app services.

Perhaps what is most important is how Samsung deals with the security issue around private keys. With the integration of the well-known hard wallet Ledger, users now have even more options for storing their private keys, so they don’t have to worry as much about hackers.

The Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK is a massive step forward for both developers and users in the blockchain community. Developers will find it easier to integrate blockchain into their software while the expanding ecosystem of DApps will allow users to transact with blockchain easily in their most commonly used applications no matter where they are.

 

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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