Blockchain technology platform DECENT released their roadmap for 2018. Additionally, the Switzerland-based startup in partnership with Dragonfly, a distribution platform for games, announced the launch of ALAX, a project that will use blockchain to improve the speed and efficiency of app sales.
The DECENT 2018 roadmap is full of new developments, new products, refocused projects, and website overhauls and gives the project’s supporters a good idea of where the company is heading.
— DECENT (@DECENTplatform) 31 January 2018
Notably, starting off the year with a product shift, DECENT have discontinued content distribution on DGo.
“Since its release in June of 2017, we were able to collect invaluable feedback from our beta users, as well as input from our community and advisory board. DGo beta drew attention from major industries and introduced some incredible opportunities. It was clearly time to refocus and Matej Boda, along with a dedicated team, will be leading this initiative,” the blog post reads.
The project team insists DGo accounts and especially the associated DCT wallets will remain untouched and fully functional throughout this process, ensuring that users always have easy access and their DCT is securely protected. DGo will also continue to allow new users to register for an account which remains the easiest and fastest way to get started with DCT, and the only way to register for free. (The transaction for registration is paid by DECENT.)
Otherwise the 2018 roadmap focuses on DCore, DECENT blockchain technology. DCore is a platform, not only for content distribution but for a wide range of use cases. Since the technology is open-source, developers and companies can use DCore for their projects, making the list of use cases essentially endless.
Along with a handful of potential partners, there are currently two partners building directly on DCore. The first of which is the ALAX project: launched in partnership with Dragonfly, it will use DECENT blockchain to improve the speed and efficiency of app sales. The other (TBA) will be working on digital distribution for film in the USA.
Further down the timeline, in Q2 of 2018, DECENT will release an enhanced version of its knowledge-base and API documentation. DCore is a blockchain that is incredibly efficient and flexible, making it easier to implement is our top priority. Throughout the coming months DECENT will be conducting usability surveys and meeting with their users to make sure they deliver a platform that really is easy to build on.
Things really start to pick up the second half of 2018, starting with a DCore Android SDK and a new enhanced DCT Wallet in Q3. The SDK for Android will surely be another milestone for DECENT as it will allow for app and dapp builders to easily integrate DCore with their Android applications. One of the pitfalls of blockchain technology thus far has been the difficulty of implementing it for daily use. DECENT Android SDK promises to solve that issue.
Also, the new DCT Wallet, with more security options and features, will be up and running by the end of Q3 with a seamless transfer process from the previous DGo wallet to be incorporated.
In addition to these exciting products, all of DECENT websites including DCore are getting a complete overhaul.
“Riding this momentum, and not slowing down at all, in Q4 we will launch the DCore SDK for iOS and the Android Wallet for DCT. As with the Android SDK, the iOS SDK will help users integrate DCore with all iOS platforms. And, our wallet services will grow adding an Android wallet that will allow for holders of DCT to access their balances and transfer funds all from the comfort of their Android devices,” DECENT team says.
And, as a little extra somethin-somethin, in Q1 of 2019 Advanced DCore Blockchain Explorer as well as an iOS Wallet for DCT are to be released.
The ALAX Project
DECENT has developed a proprietary blockchain platform called DCore which will help Dragonfly reduce costs, tackle piracy issues, and speed up exchange rates and payment processing.
Traditionally, to buy games or apps, users had to use PayPal, credit cards, or make payments using prime rate SMS, where mobile network operators would take 50-70% commission from the price paid by the user for an app/game. This becomes especially problematic in countries where the primary method of payment is via SMS.
— DECENT (@DECENTplatform) 1 February 2018
With ALAX, payments can be made directly to the developer using ALAX tokens. This reduces the prices for content for gamers, and expedites the transaction. Game developers can then exchange the ALAX tokens for a FIAT currency (USD, EUR, THB, PHP..) at any time.
Since all the transactions are recorded in the blockchain, developers will have a precise overview of the sales of their games, and be able to ensure they are getting a fair deal. It will not only increase the confidence of game developers but also keep up with the ever-increasing demand for game sales – which is currently at 2000 transactions per second and expected to grow to 7000+ in the coming years.
The gaming industry is becoming a dominant force in the world market, and continues to see an annual increase in app and game downloads. However, the market remains tough for game developers. DECENT estimates that game developers receive max 70% of app sales, and it can often take 3-6 months for all payments to be processed, creating a delay in payouts. The launch of ALAX will further develop this transparent blockchain market, creating a smoother and more efficient transaction process.
“Since partnering with Dragonfly we have been committed to providing a framework where users have a method of payment that is as easy as an SMS payment, but where collection would be instant, and with no commission,” said Matej Michalko, Founder, CEO and President of DECENT. “We are proud to have made this possible with the launch of ALAX.”
The ALAX app store will be created initially for Android, and launched on markets, where Dragonfly currently has the strongest representation, India, Thailand and the Philippines. Additional markets will be added later on.