The mobile app version of the currently most-downloaded Ethereum Chrome browser extension MetaMask was revealed during Ethereum’s annual Devcon conference Oct. 31, according a tweet from the CEO of ConsenSys Joseph Lubin.
Lubin, whose New York-based Ethereum blockchain software firm and incubator ConsenSys has been working on MetaMask since 2016, stated in the tweet:
“Everyone’s favorite Ethereum browser extension is coming to your phone. The team is focusing on not being ‘just a wallet,’ but a portal to the world of all things blockchain.”
MetaMask, an extension available for Chrome, Firefox and Brave with more than one million downloads in Google’s Chrome Web Store, currently allows users to run Ethereum decentralized applications (DApps) in their browser. The extension also serves as a web-based non-custodial wallet for Ethereum and ERC-20 tokens.
Also at Devcon4, on Oct. 30, the Ethereum developer that co-authored the ERC-20 token standard, Fabian Vogelsteller, introduced a new model for Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), dubbed called ‘reversible ICO,’ that seeks to better protect investors.
The same day as MetaMask’s announcement, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin made a keynote speech at the event, unveiling the roadmap for Ethereum 2.0, also referred to as Serenity. When asked about the particular date of the release, Buterin answered evasively that it was “really not so far away.”