Ethereum 2.0 Client Nimbus First To Run The Testnet On Mobile

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  • Ethereum 2.0 clients Nimbus has taken the edge over its competitors by announcing the run of the testnet on a mobile device.
  • Android users will be able to load up the testnet as well as Ethereum 1.0 if they have 2.02 gigabytes of memory free on their device.
  • Nimbus hopes that most of all, their work with the mobile testnet will help keep them at the top amongst the only three other competing Ethereum 2.0 clients.

One of the top three Ethereum 2.0 clients, Nimbus has taken the edge over its competitors by announcing the run of the testnet on a mobile device. Mamy Ratsimbazafy, an Ethereum researcher at Status, stated that the ethnimbus team is gathered in Brussels and is working on the first Ethereum 2.0 testnet on a mobile device.

Nimbus has also made a blog post on Status detailing on how to get the testnet onto an Android device. Unfortunately, at present, iPhones won’t be able to run Ethereum 2.0. In contrast, Android users will be able to load up the testnet as well as Ethereum 1.0 if they have 2.02 gigabytes of memory free on their device.

This works by loading up the testnet within a Linux environment called Termux on the Android device. Although Termux used in the demo, the team claims that other Linux distros like Ubuntu can also be used. Adding Ethereum 1.0 can also help with added security compared to traditional wallets as per the blog post.

The current version of Nimbus on mobile is a very early beta version, and it still faces an issue with network bandwidth and battery drain. The company hopes to develop this solution more in the coming weeks.

There also arises the question of why run the chain on a mobile device? The main answer to that lies in making the Ethereum network more diverse. Having mobile devices that are cheap run the chain can help prevent punishments on the network that occurs when an ethstaker misbehaves or goes offline.

The team at Nimbus also hopes that this will help in the optimization of mobile dApps on Ethereum 2.0. Exchanges like Coinbase or Bitcoin Suisse might also benefit from this mobile node in their mass staking offering plans.

Nimbus hopes that most of all, their work with the mobile testnet will help keep them at the top amongst the only three other competing Ethereum 2.0 clients.

The company hopes to be able to see the launch of the 2.0 network in 2020, presumably in about five months from the time of writing. Nimbus and the two other Ethereum 2.0 clients have a lot of work to do to prepare for this highly anticipated launch of the Ethereum 2.0 genesis block.

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