Introducing Origin Wallet: Decentralized Commerce Goes Mobile

Micah Alcorn
Jan 30, 2019 · 4 min read
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We are excited to announce that it’s now easier than ever to transact on a decentralized marketplace with the release of Origin Wallet — our first native mobile application available for iPhone on the App Store.

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Origin Wallet in the App Store

When we launched our decentralized marketplace on Mainnet last year, we were excited for buyers and sellers to begin transacting on the platform and eager to learn from the data that would emerge and from the qualitative feedback that we would receive. It came as no surprise that there were user experience challenges that resulted from transacting on the blockchain. There are many obstacles that new users must face on Origin, from dealing with foreign concepts such as Ethereum wallets to understanding why Origin Messaging and notifications are so critical in a world where there is no centralized intermediary. It was somewhat unexpected, however, to see that roughly 80% of the traffic to our DApp came from mobile and tablet devices. This means that the vast majority of our potential buyers and sellers are coming to the Origin Marketplace without a web3-enabled browser and without a simple path to installing a browser extension like MetaMask. As a result, we saw users abandon the marketplace because they were unable to create a listing or make an offer to purchase or rent an item without switching to a different device.

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Purchasing in mobile Safari via Origin Wallet

There are three critical functions that the first version of Origin Wallet serves:

Crypto Wallet

Messaging

Notifications

What’s Next

We will continue to iterate on this early version of Origin Wallet for iOS and work out any kinks that appear along the way. We know that Android accounts for the majority of mobile device market share and we’ll be working on our Android version next as we’re passionate about enabling global commerce. We encourage any interested front-end engineers to get involved and play a part in fulfilling our mission to enable true peer to peer commerce.

Please download Origin Wallet today and let us know what we can do to improve it. Our product development process is completely open and collaborative, and we appreciate all feedback and contributions.

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Learn more about Origin:

Origin Protocol

Origin is building the sharing economy of tomorrow.

Thanks to Matthew Liu and Josh Fraser

Micah Alcorn

Written by

Product Manager/Engineer @ Origin Protocol

Origin Protocol

Origin is building the sharing economy of tomorrow. Buyers and sellers will be able to transact without rent-seeking middlemen. We believe in lowering transaction fees, promoting free and transparent commerce, and giving early participants in the community a stake in the network.

Micah Alcorn

Written by

Product Manager/Engineer @ Origin Protocol

Origin Protocol

Origin is building the sharing economy of tomorrow. Buyers and sellers will be able to transact without rent-seeking middlemen. We believe in lowering transaction fees, promoting free and transparent commerce, and giving early participants in the community a stake in the network.

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