In a frantic race for competition, the smartphone mastodons want to widen the gap by investing and developing functionalities in the blockchain field.
And this is the case of South Korean technology giant Samsung, which has unveiled a range of new decentralized applications (dapps) for users of its Galaxy S10 smartphone’s blockchain portfolio.
In March 2019, the company announced the launch of four first applications with the Enjin gaming platform, the Cosmee beauty content sharing platform, CryptoKitties and the CoinDuck merchant payment service.
According to Fn News, Samsung has made six additional applications available to its South Korean users and “plans to expand its service offerings on an ongoing basis”.
The new applications are as follows:
- The Hunters, which is an encrypted gaming platform
- MyCryptoHeroes, an RPG battle game based on the Ethereum blockchain
- Berry Pick, a social media platform that rewards active users
- X-Wallet de Pundi X, wallets and turnkey solutions to remove the constraints of merchants who accept cryptomarket payments
- Sirop Table, a restaurant evaluation platform that rewards contributors
- Misetoktok, an application that allows users to check air quality and pollution levels in real time
According to Fn News, stakeholders indicate that “seven or eight” additional apps will be added in the near future.
A Samsung spokesman, quoted in the media, said: “We will add more dapps to Samsung Blockchain Wallet’s portfolio this week, but we can’t confirm the exact number.”
If the added value of the blockchain for some of these applications remains questionable and the argument of transparency of information is not enough, we see the willingness of large institutions to take advantage of the blockchain’s assets to create applications that are highly useful for the crypto community. This is the case, for example, of the Korean group LG, which has decided to set up a system to understand the logistics of dishes served in school cafeterias.
According to Fn News, companies such as Pibble, Lympo and Foresting could see their decentralized applications added to the Samsung Blockchain portfolio.
“Samsung’s blockchain portfolio will act as a kind of app store.” Although Samsung has sold its operating system to Google, the company’s strategy is now to build an application ecosystem that can outperform Google’s in the blockchain sector. In other words, the competition between smartphone manufacturers promises to bring great surprises for the crypto community.