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Will 2019 Signal the Dawn of the Cryptocurrency Awakening?

ardly find an incentive to use them.

Commenting on the status of DApps in 2019, Carl Bennetts of Status.im said that:

We will see more developers and designers focusing on creating simpler and more familiar user onboarding experiences for mainstream use we’ve come to expect from the applications we use and an overall lower barrier to entry into the crypto ecosystem. Payment Processing

The first area of adoption for blockchain technology was the payments arena. It remains a considerable part of the development efforts in the industry. 2017 saw the emergence of high fees and slow transaction times on the Bitcoin blockchain. If it takes longer and costs more to carry out transactions on Bitcoin, then there isn’t any point jettisoning the much-maligned banking system.

However, in 2018 the situation seems to have found some normalcy as Bitcoin transactions are at their lowest in over a year and are completed in far less time. Commenting on this positive development, Yoav Dror of PumaPay said:

Until recently, the main challenge has been the time and cost of processing a crypto transaction. In the case of Bitcoin, the processing time of up to one hour and hefty fees made it unsuitable for daily payments. In 2018, we are seeing multiple cases proving that crypto payments can, in fact, be fast, cheap and suitable for day-to-day transactions. Blockchain Scalability

Even if favorable regulations are put in place and we begin to see widespread adoption, blockchains still have one major problem to solve – scalability. Yurtaev sums it up perfectly:

Issues of usability and scalability are the factors that lead the emergence of new use cases and drive long-lasting adoption. But I doubt that this process will be even near completion in 2019.

Public blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum must scale if they are to find mainstream success. It isn’t enough to handle five to ten transactions per second. To even begin to compete, they are going to have to be able to process hundreds of transactions per second.

So, will cryptocurrencies achieve mass adoption in 2019? Highly unlikely. The space is still populated with a lot of projects that have limited economic viability. However, 2019 can signal the start of the crypto awakening, as Waves CEO, Alexander Ivanov puts it:

2019 will definitely be the start of crypto’s mass adoption, though much more still needs to be done for the two worlds — traditional banking and crypto — to coexist frictionlessly.

What are your views on the prospects of widespread cryptocurrency adoption in 2019? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Images courtesy of Zerion, Twitter (@carlbennetts, @yoav_dror, @wavesplatform), PxHere

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