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Samsung Launches Beta Version of its Blockchain SDK for Android App Developers

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by Ikenna Uwakwe · 3 min read
Samsung Launches Beta Version of its Blockchain SDK for Android App Developers
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Samsung Group – the South Korean multinational conglomerate ushers in an era of the next generation smartphones, announcing the release of the beta of its SDK embedded into the Ethereum blockchain.

Samsung, the global leading smartphone vendors with a user-base of over 71 million worldwide unit shipments (from 2010 – 2019) has decided to boost its payment solution security by integrating an Ethereum Blockchain SDK with the ability to interact with other blockchain nodes into its core.

What is not clear is whether Samsung is running its own Ethereum Blockchain or if it’s simply tapping into the services of an Oracle service provider. Nonetheless, what is certain is that this SDK feature provides Users with impenetrable security protecting them from data breach, malware or other threats.

What is an SDK? 

SDK is an acronym for Software Development Kit – a virtual development environment for Android app developers with a pre-installed toolset to expedite the development process. In accordance with this, the Samsung SDK is proposed to include a crypto payment portal into it’s UI (User Interface) – a payment gateway mechanism. This eradicates the need for dApps on the Samsung to set up token specific transactions themselves but by means of a Samsung inbuilt Keystore or any other third-party cold wallet (offline wallet) synched with the device.

Notably, a better SDK is regarded as a development environment implemented by a legacy service provider with experience in the e-commerce sphere. A dev kit with a user-friendly payment interface permits developers with an ample dApp development support that allows for the integration of a wide range of cold wallet inclusion. 

In a report slated by Samsung on its developer page, with regards to a blockchain powered SDK, the company affirms the need for an integration of both the traditional inter-networking technology along with a nascent blockchain underlying mechanism:

“Samsung Blockchain SDK brings developers and consumers to the blockchain world by providing a full set of functions that the Decentralized App(DApp) or Blockchain App needs.”

Following a statement, Samsung publicizes this with a tweet that reads:

The Samsung SDK is natively powered upon the Ethereum Blockchain, yet it is designed to aid developers to seamlessly handle various blockchain accounts. In a bid to enable Ethereum functionalities into the latest designs of the Galaxy S-series, Note-series, A-series, and the Galaxy Fold franchise, the Smartphone merchandise discloses that there are future plans in place to extend these decentralized features to its budget phones in the queue.

Adding that a stable and official version of the Samsung SDK would be released in Q4 2019, notwithstanding developers could request for a partnership to include the beta version into their dApps prior to that time.

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Ikenna Uwakwe

Ikenna Uwakwe has been a writer since he could hold a pen. Having a lot of literary works in his portfolio including Poems, Articles and Essays. He enjoys a natural likeness for anything related to technology. His Educational background includes computer science and programming. As a seasoned cryptocurrency enthusiast with a professional writing career path of over two years of blogging for blockchain related companies. Working with various Fintech startups in the past, has aided him to better understand what IT proponents as well as financial Investors look out for.

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