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Ethereum 2.0 client Nimbus runs Testnet on a mobile device for the first time

  • The Ethereum 2.0 client Nimbus announced that it will run a testnet on mobile devices to stand out from the competition.
  • If Android users have 2.02 GB of free memory on their devices, they will be able to load testnet as well as Ethereum 1.0.
  • Nimbus hopes that the most important thing is that their cooperation with the mobile test net will enable them to maintain their leading position among the other three competing Ethereum 2.0 clients.

As one of the three major Ethereum 2.0 clients, Nimbus announced that it will run a testnet on mobile devices to stand out from the competition. Mamy Ratsimbazafy, an Ethereum researcher at Status, said that the ethnimbus team is gathered in Brussels and is using the first Ethereum 2.0 testnet on a mobile device.

Nimbus also published a blog post on status, detailing how to connect the testnet to an Android device. Unfortunately, currently, the iPhone cannot run Ethereum 2.0. Conversely, if Android users have 2.02 GB of available memory on their devices, they will be able to load testnet as well as Ethereum 1.0.

This is achieved by loading a testnet in a Linux environment called Termux on Android devices. Although Termux was used in the demonstration, the team claimed that other Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, could also be used. According to the blog post, adding Ethereum 1.0 can also help improve security compared to traditional wallets.

The current Nimbus version on mobile devices is a very early beta version, and it still faces issues with network bandwidth and battery consumption. The company hopes to further develop the solution in the next few weeks.

There is also the question of why run the chain on mobile devices? The main answer to this is to make the Ethereum network more diverse. Having cheap mobile devices run the chain can help prevent network behaviour from being punished when ethics actors behave abnormally or offline.

The Nimbus team also hopes that this will help optimize mobile apps on Ethereum 2.0. Exchanges like Coinbase or Bitcoin Suisse can also benefit from this mobile node from their large-scale equity offering plans.

Nimbus hopes that the most important thing is that their cooperation with the mobile test net will enable them to maintain their leading position among the other three competing Ethereum 2.0 clients.

The company hopes to see the 2.0 network launch around 2020, about five months from the date of writing this article. Nimbus and two other Ethereum 2.0 customers have to do a lot of work to prepare for the highly anticipated launch of the Ethereum 2.0 genesis block.

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