Photos recently leaked on Twitter appear to show a new feature for the Samsung Galaxy S10: a “Blockchain KeyStore.”
The photos were uploaded with little context, except for text appearing on the photographed phone’s screen, leaving ample room for speculation.
The Blockchain KeyStore appears to describe itself as “a secure and convenient place for your cryptocurrency,” with an option to “secure and manage your private blockchain key.”
The photos also depict what looks like a built-in wallet app with functionality to either import existing crypto wallets or create new ones, although these functions only appear to support Ethereum.
If this next-generation phone is launched with the level of crypto asset support that appears to be built in as a standard feature here, it could eliminate some significant hurdles for casual users to enter the world of cryptocurrency.
Ahead of announcing an official strategy for leveraging blockchain technology more widely, the German government has opened a process for receiving recommendations around the technology from local companies and industry groups. Germany is Europe's largest economy and Berlin is home to numerous blockchain startups. The solicited recommendations could lead to official legislative action in the near future.
ICOs emerged quickly as a popular model for crypto startups to raise funds, exposure and customer interest. But the world of ICOs took a nasty turn in 2018, with many projects that used the model unable to deliver on their promises to investors or turning out to be downright phony.
The group of technologists behind the NBA's Sacramento Kings mines ether at the Golden 1 Center arena where the basketball team plays. The team said that it uses profits from the mining operation to provide funding for the local community and it invites local students to see the rigs. The team also claims that the arena is the first sporting venue to accept bitcoin.