Ledger Plans Native Apps for Wallets, Scraps Chrome Interfaces
The hardware wallet company Ledger has announced plans to build and launch their own native applications for desktop and mobile devices. This comes as a welcome relief from having to deal with the current apps that are used with the hardware wallet which often are slow to respond and lack certain intuitive features.
The wallet apps right now are built as chrome extensions for a desktop or laptop computer. For the longest time Google wanted to promote their web app features including API support but the company has started to phase those types of applications our for a little over a year.
This major improvement to the Ledger’s user interface comes at a time when many crypto related companies are starting to streamline their services in order to reach a wider range of users who might not be as technologically savvy. With the system they have in place right now with the use of the chrome extensions, users needed different apps for different cryptocurrencies, as well as a separate “app manager” extension.
Every time you want to access a different coin on the hardware wallet, you have to close the current app you are using, launch the new one and reenter your pin code on the device before accessing your other wallets, a process that can arduous and time consuming especially when you are attempting a simple task like a single transfer or to just check the balances.
The update will be an entirely new application built on software that runs macOS, Windows, and Linux so anyone will be able to interface with their wallets from either desktop or mobile devices like an iPhone. It will also support 23 cryptocurrencies right at launch date so having to wait for them to add support for coins one by one will hopefully be a thing of the past.
Ledger spent most of 2017 beefing up their system to withstand a heavy influx of users but now in 2018 it is all about adding new features to the user experience, like a portfolio tracker that will help users see their balances without having to connect and open their wallet every time.
And the increased support for other altcoins will solve many of the complaints that Ledger receives from the community about altcoin support. A move that will likely solidify Ledger in its place as one of the most widely used cryptocurrency hardware wallets available today.
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