MetaMask, the Ethereum Chrome browser extension with the highest number of downloads is working on a mobile app version. The announcement was made during Ethereum’s annual Devcon conference on Oct. 31, as stated in a tweet of Joseph Lubin, the CEO of ConsensSys:
The @metamask_io mobile app was just announced at #Devcon4! Everyone's favorite #Ethereum browser extension is coming to your phone. The team is focusing on not being 'just a wallet', but a portal to the world of all things #blockchain. https://t.co/3bvQXuF8gV pic.twitter.com/vcaIkkzcVS
— Joseph Lubin (@ethereumJoseph) October 31, 2018
Launched in 2016, MetaMask has been accessible exclusively through Chrome, Brave, and Firefox browser extensions. As a result, mobile users didn’t have access to the popular dapp.
MetaMask serves as a bridge between regular browsers and the Ethereum blockchain, allowing Ethereum and ERC20 users to access decentralized applications in a convenient manner.
MetaMask users have long been asking for a mobile client since most Ethereum users are utilizing it as their primary ETH and ERC20 token wallet.
On Oct. 30 also at Devcon4, Fabian Vogelsteller, Ethereum developer and co-author of the ERC20 token standard presented a new model for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) termed ‘reversible ICO’ with a focus on offering increased protection to investors.
Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum co-founder, was also present at the event the same day as MetaMask’s announcement and he uncovered the roadmap for Ethereum 2.0, also known as Serenity. Regarding a particular date of the release Buterin shied away declaring that it was “really not so far away”.
MetaMask enters the dApp ‘big league’
The Metamask mobile client will provide dApp support, allowing users to interact with various decentralized applications via their mobile devices. Also, the client will be able to work as a dApp browser similar to Google Play Store but specifically for dApps.
The selection of dApp browsers is limited and most existing ones are backed by large organizations.
The Trust Wallet, currently owned by popular cryptocurrency exchange Binance, is a secure and modern mobile wallet that supports Ethereum, ERC20, and ERC233 tokens is available for both iOS and Android platforms.
The Coinbase Wallet owned by the well-known crypto giant also includes a dApp browser and provides support for other popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash.
Opera has also launched a mobile browser for the Android platform that bundles a cryptocurrency wallet. It was also implemented in its desktop browser.
In July, MetaMask had a small time frame during which it was removed from the Chrome Web Store with no official explanation provided.
During MetaMask’s Chrome Web Store blackout, Augur, the Ethereum-based prediction market protocol advised users not to download the current MetaMask extension from Google Chrome’s store as it was a fake application. Despite the fact it was relisted a few hours later, there was no official explanation for the event.