Samsung recently announced a beta version of its Ethereum blockchain SDK (Software Development Kit) for its top-of-the-range smartphones.
All the documentation can be found here and is aimed at integrating some aspects of the blockchain, in this case, that of Ethereum, which are essential to manage and integrate optimally the distributed ledger for the development of certain applications.
In fact, through the blockchain-specific Samsung SDK, it will be possible to:
- Generate, store, manage and backup all accounts;
- Facilitate the payment activity by showing information that will be signed and authorised via the internal cold wallet;
- Enable cold wallets such as Samsung KeyStore or other external cold wallets such as Trezor or Ledger;
- Create transactions and return the result of the transfer to a blockchain node (txID);
- Restore an HD wallet with get/set RPC and fee settlement functions.
In addition, those who become partners of Samsung will have access to a dedicated blockchain browser for web dApps, equipped with crypto payment functions and tools to calculate fees using the metrics of some of the leading exchanges. With the SDK there is also the possibility of retrieving a transaction history from Samsung’s blockchain proxy node, although it is unclear whether Samsung will have its own Ethereum node or rely on third parties.
This SDK will have restrictions:
- The devices that will support the Ethereum blockchain are in fact the Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, S10 5G and Galaxy Fold and only in the regions, Canada, South Korea and US.
The official and full version of the Samsung SDK will be announced at the end of 2019. Meanwhile, other companies are also expanding with other solutions such as HTC with its full node smartphone that will be released by the end of 2019.