NEW YORK, NY, September 3, 2020 — Today, Consensys announced the release of MetaMask Mobile, available for download on iOS and Android. The MetaMask Mobile app makes it easy to interact with blockchain-based applications, without compromising the security or ease of use that makes MetaMask the most trusted Ethereum wallet. Since its launch in 2016, MetaMask’s in-browser extension has been downloaded over 4 million times, and the MetaMask Mobile release has been eagerly anticipated since its oversubscribed beta release capped out at 135,000 users in late 2019.
After downloading the app, MetaMask users can now view and trade digital assets on the go, manage crypto loans and balances, play blockchain-based games, sign messages, send transactions, and store non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that can represent proof of ownership, membership, or unique art and collectibles. MetaMask Mobile equips users with a key vault, secure login, and token wallet. If users already have a MetaMask desktop extension, they can simply generate a QR code, scan it with their mobile device, and their entire transaction history will sync within seconds.
Applications like MetaMask offer everyone a portal to a more transparent and security-focused internet. MetaMask does everything that a standard Ethereum wallet does: manage crypto currencies, ERC-20 tokens, and ERC-721 collectibles. But unlike other wallets, it also allows people to explore the Web3 as easily as any mobile web browser.
MetaMask Mobile is simplifying the process to begin using Web3 applications. In 34 countries, people can now buy ETH directly in MetaMask Mobile by using Apple Pay, debit cards, or other country-specific payment methods.
“Since the founding of MetaMask, we’ve enabled a sizable community of early-adopters to participate in a new kind of computing ecosystem: one where users control their own accounts, where accounts control their own funds, and where the speed of innovation is the only gatekeeper. We are thrilled to provide a browsing experience purpose-built for decentralized applications, and allow users to seamlessly sync with their desktop MetaMask accounts,” said Dan Finlay, Founder of MetaMask.
The Consumer Gateway to Web3
The built-in web browser in MetaMask Mobile empowers users with a simple, secure and intuitive way to explore the Web3, directly from the app. Most importantly, MetaMask brings its security capability to web browsing. App users generate passwords and keys directly on their device to ensure that only the user can access funds and accounts. With MetaMask, the user is always in full control when browsing and interacting on the decentralized web.
While the existing MetaMask web extension helped serve millions of users around the world by connecting them to the Web3 applications, the MetaMask Mobile App has the potential to serve millions more, simply by enabling mobile access. Close to 2 billion people, about 60% of the internet-connected population, is estimated to access the web exclusively from a mobile device, where network infrastructure and affordability are driving the growth of mobile internet adoption. Mobile is becoming the preferred platform for accessing web-based products and services. Web3 is no different. Over 65% of MetaMask Mobile beta users are based outside of North America and Europe.
“It’s critical that our ecosystem continues thinking ‘mobile first’ and prioritizes UX and dApp discoverability, while not sacrificing on the security and control users of Web3 applications expect. What smartphones have done for Web2, we believe MetaMask Mobile will do for Web3,” said Joseph Lubin, Founder of Consensys and Co-creator of Ethereum.
Consensys is the leading Ethereum software company. We enable developers, enterprises, and people worldwide to build next-generation applications, launch modern financial infrastructure, and access the decentralized web. Our product suite, composed of Infura, Quorum, Codefi, MetaMask, and Diligence, serves millions of users, supports billions of blockchain-based queries for our clients, and has handled billions of dollars in digital assets. Ethereum is the largest programmable blockchain in the world, leading in business adoption, developer community, and DeFi activity. On this trusted, open source foundation, we are building the digital economy of tomorrow. To explore our products and solutions, visit https://consensys.io.
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