DApp-platforms: When Mass Market Adoption?
However, the competition among dApp-platforms is severe already. Project leaders have a slightly aggressive marketing and do not exclude attacks on each other — just recall regular Twitter skirmishes between Vitalik BUTERIN from Ethereum and Justin SUN from TRON. Well, that is all about PR, but in practice — what are the most popular platforms today? Let's see and examine the current situation.
EthereumCurrently, there are more than 2,300 dApp applications based on the Ethereum blockchain. According to the State of the Dapps website, around 12,000 people are daily active users of these applications. The Ethereum blockchain is a basis for popular applications such as Storj, IDEX, and Augur. Popular categories include games, exchanges, wallets, storage, finance, management, energy, social networks, media, identifiers, security, and insurance.
EOSEOS launched its platform in 2018 after a successful ICO, which attracted more than $4 billion. The community had high hopes for the project. After a shaky start, the platform is gradually gaining momentum; the number of applications is growing exponentially. The most popular dApp categories on EOS include regular and gambling ones.
According to the State of the Dapps, at the time of this writing, 224 applications are running on the EOS platform. The number of active users exceeds 41,000. DApps with the most significant number of users are Endless Dice, EOS Knights, Candy Box, EOSBET Dice, and Farm EOS.
The main disadvantage of EOS is the weak decentralization of the platform, and this repels many developers from it.
TRONAccording to dappradar, TRON has 166 applications on the platform. Most of the functional applications are in the gambling category. The best of them are TronBet, Fishing Master and TronWin. The most popular application, however, is not from the gambling category — it is Tron Trade, an exchange dApp.
Other dApp platforms and industry problems
However, is everything going well? On February 11, Twitter user Kevin ROOKE published some sad statistics: 93% of Ethereum applications did not perform any transactions for the whole day.
There are now 1375 live ETH dApps.— Kevin Rooke (@kerooke) 10 февраля 2019 г.
86% of them had 0 users today.
93% of them had 0 tx volume today.
Across all platforms there are now 1828 live dApps.
77% of them had 0 users today.
85% of them had 0 tx volume today. pic.twitter.com/jUHZYuhPTz
The provocative message caused a new wave of discussion and criticism, and the problem lies not only in Ethereum. If you look at the statistics of other platforms, you will observe quite the same. Critics believe that platforms are still raw; mass adoption of technology is impossible while applications don’t have the proper quality, and that fact does not retain users. Ardent users claim that dApps are doomed to fail eventually. The defenders of technology point out that the result is achieved: there is growth, and the market must be given some time.
However, no one can deny the obvious problems: in 2019, Ethereum is more than ever focused on solving the issues of platform scalability. EOS is more focused on creating a dynamic ecosystem that can compete with Ethereum. TRON is focused on aggressive marketing and dev teams recruiting.
Ethereum has a large number of serious rivals, and they are not only EOS and TRON, other platforms demonstrate a high rate of development too. It is likely that 2019 will show severe changes in the market for decentralized applications. From a user point of view, it is a good sign — a high level of competition will inevitably affect the quality, and the quantum leap of mass adoption is quite likely to take place.
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