Samsung is adding more support for the Tron blockchain to its Samsung Galaxy smartphones. They do this by integrating and featuring decentralized apps in the Samsung Galaxy Store. The Tron Foundation announced that among the first features are gaming dapps like Blockchain Cuties, Meerkat Mining and Super Player.
These dapps will only be fully functional on smartphones with an integrated Samsung Blockchain Keystore integrated. This means that so far the Samsung Galaxy S10, S20 and Note 10 offer support. The older version of Samsung’s flagship phone sold over 16 million units in its lifetime, while the newer S20 is reportedly struggling since its March 2020 launch.
Tron was already a part of the Samsung Galaxy phones. In October last year the blockchain’s tokens were added to the Samsung Blockchain Keystore. As a result users can store their tokens safely using the built-in hardware wallet.
Samsung looking at gaming
As a company Samsung is betting quite big on blockchain. The firm’s smartphones are just one product, but the Korean tech behemoth is also looking at for example blockchain-enabled hard drives and its payment service Samsung Pay. However, they need to get the technology in the hands of consumers. Their smartphones and gaming are a good way to accomplish that.
It’s not without reason Samsung has been quite vocal about its blockchain passion. Currently the Galaxy phones allow users to play all kinds of dapps, including popular titles like for example Axie Infinity and My Crypto Heroes.
In addition Battle of Elrond became available on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S20 earlier this month. This was an exclusive release, only for the Samsung smartphones. This online multiplayer game has players battling over ERD-tokens. These tokens are currently trading for 17 satoshi, up 4 from when we wrote about the game’s launch on April 8th.
Multiple stores on one device
Having the Samsung Galaxy Store featuring decentralized applications is a good thing for the industry. However, we should consider that the Samsung Galaxy Store is just an integrated alternative for the real major player: the Google Play Store. Those aren’t the only options to play decentralized games on a Samsung Galaxy S20.
In addition these Galaxy smartphones also offer a Samsung Blockchain Wallet, which has an integrated web3 browser. Within this browser there’s a special section for decentralized applications. Axie Infinity, a competitive battle game with some resemblance to Pokémon, is one of the game featured in the dapp section.
This now makes for a total of three ways to get access to apps. The Google Play Store is obviously the most popular way to get new apps, while Samsung Galaxy-users can also use the in-house store from Samsung itself. In Samsung’s store users can find dapps, but some of these can also be found on the Google Play Store.
Also published on Medium.