Jelurida Announces Ardor on Android
Yesterday, Jelurida announced their Java-based Ardor blockchain can now run as a full node on Android OS. This development eliminates the need for users to manage a server in order to participate in the Ardor decentralized network.
From their press release, “Jelurida remains committed to true decentralization, enabling even the minor token holders who would not consider managing a server to participate in the network consensus, generate new blocks and earn fees. Negligible energy requirements and automatic pausing on metered connections means users can leave the Ardor software running on their smartphones all the time.”
Jelurida developed both Nxt and Ardor, and they currently maintain both blockchains. Not was launched in 2013, and Ardor was launched in 2018. From their website, “Jelurida is a blockchain software company that develops and maintains the Nxt and Ardor blockchains. Anyone can join our decentralized blockchain ecosystem and use our public blockchain platforms to build applications or provide services on top of them.”
Jelurida created the Jelurida Public License (JPL), which represents their attempt at providing an open-source GPL-equivalent that aims to protect open-source cryptocurrency projects.
Standalone technology (as Jelurida announced) that gives users the ability to run a decentralized node on an Android OS will help to usher in a renewed era of decentralization. Such technological improvements are important for increasing participation in the system, and increased participation helps to further decentralize the underlying network. The capability of running a full node on a smartphone means that the number of full nodes could, in theory, eventually equal the number of smart phones in existence, not that everyone will be interested in forging on the Ardor network, obviously.
Ardor is a proof-of-stake cryptocurrency, but it’s only a matter of time before technological advancements allow for mobile participation and greater flexibility in proof-of-work consensus systems. The more participants contributing computing power to the network, the more decentralized it is.
The last bitcoin won’t be mined until the year 2140, a full 120 years from now. The likelihood that mobile users will be able to easily participate in a proof-of-work consensus at some point in the next century is more likely than not. Whether or not that capability comes in the form of a quantum smartphone or some other form, remains to be seen.