Is “crypto” for the masses? It might become soon thanks to a little device we all love—the smartphone. Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are currently far from mainstream mainly because they are difficult to understand or use. Hong Kong-based Zipper thinks that the key to widespread adoption of blockchain is the same that made the smartphone so popular—it’s intuitive and easy to use. According to its founder, cryptocurrencies will become something that even our grandma will use.

“Our target is to develop a smartphone solution where using cryptocurrencies will become very easy but at the same time safe,” Dr. Antti Saarnio, CEO and founder of Zipper Global and chairman and co-founder of Jolla told TechNode.

The main ingredient behind the Zipper’s Ethereum-based mobile platform will be decentralized apps or DApps. So why are decentralized apps so interesting, you ask? Although Bitcoin’s ups and downs have lately come to the center of attention, it’s the DApps that are paving the way for blockchain’s mainstream adoption. Based on blockchain and self-executing smart contracts, DApps run on decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) networks instead of centralized servers. One example of what DApps bring to users is more control over personal data.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.