April updates: New changes at DCG, major Android updates, Platform progress and more

Marine

Moderator
Dash Core Team
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Hi there!
There are so many updates we can't wait to share with you! We're thrilled to announce our major updates and changes at DCG :)

Important!
Don’t forget, if you are a Dash-accepting merchant, anywhere in the world, please submit the details of your location here and we will have you added to the Explore Dash inventory. Any merchant who gets two customers to tweet about a Dash purchase at your location will get a shout-out in a Dash Wallet in-app message and on our social media.


MOBILE
The Mobile Android team was very busy with new feature development surrounding the new on-ramp and staking features as well as some improvements to how the app manages data for the Explore Dash features. The team also fixed some lingering bugs pertaining to sending to an address from the clipboard, Uphold API changes and a fix for a rare crash. The Android app now supports push messaging; users who opt-in can get better notified of Dash promotions, app updates, etc. This will be increasingly valuable as we rollout major L1 and L2 protocol updates so I encourage you to opt-in after installing this version. Another long anticipated feature was added to allow your transactions to be exported into a CSV file; stay tuned for more improvements surrounding this feature!

These fixes and new features will all be available in the v7.4.8 release which is expected to be available for download by the time this newsletter is released. Last but not least, DashPay for Android is back up and running on Testnet! This is a very exciting time as we will be evaluating how upgrades to our L1 and L2 protocols will work with and without associated mobile wallet upgrades (there will be some downtime as the upgrades occur but bear with us). If you haven’t already, you can signup to the DashPay Alpha Program to try it out for yourself.

Once Testnet has been fully upgraded with the latest network protocols, we will be doing some more games where you can win some Dash so be sure to add “[email protected]” to your contacts so you get all of the communications. The beta for the new staking feature on Android is scheduled to start in mid May; please sign up here if you would like to participate in reviewing this exciting new feature.

The Mobile iOS team is hard at work implementing the Explore Dash features and a lot of work on both teams continues to support the next version of the Core v0.18 protocol.


CORE
The Core team completed successful testing of quorum rotation on large devnets using full-size quorums prior to the initial v18 release candidate. Following the creation of the first release candidate, work on v19 began in parallel with finalization of v18. The Core, Mobile, and Platform teams have been coordinating on integration testing in preparation for upgrading Testnet to v18 so final testing can be completed and Dash Core v18 released. Looking forward, research and investigation are in progress related to a future BLS upgrade and a potential move from Gitian to Guix for release builds. Backports continued putting us at a completion point of 94%, 79%, 45%, 24%, and 13% for Bitcoin Core v0.18, v0.19, v0.20, v0.21, and v0.22 respectively.


PLATFORM
We’ve done a lot of big updates for Dash Platform. Watch the full sprint review recording here !


Grove DB tasks
  • Transparently collected deferred write operations into one batch
  • Added batch execution API to GroveDB with basic insertions and deletions

SDK
  • Merged done SDK features from v23 to master
  • Ensured Contracts and Documents tutorial compatibility
  • Ensured Identities and Names tutorial compatibility
  • Ensured that new features compatible with v0.22 testnet
  • Validated SDK documentation in master rts for SDK
  • Validated SDK documentation in master
  • Validated SDK documentation in v0.23-dev

Protocol
  • Introduced state transition execution context to collect operations
  • Collected IO operations to execution context in Drive’s storage repositories
  • New fees calculation based on operations
  • Introduced BIP13_SCRIPT_HASH (type 3) identity public key done
  • Withdrawal purpose allowed security level must be only Critical done
  • Created withdrawal keys for masternode owners and operators done

INFRASTRUCTURE
  • Launched dash.org in Japanese
  • Finished updating dependencies and CI to create ARM Docker images for Dashmate
  • Migrated email infrastructure from Hubspot to Sendgrid
  • Set up scheduled test suite runs against testnet in CI
  • Supported dev teams with devnet deployments

BITCOIN MIAMI 2022: BIG DAY FOR NEW PROSPECTS
Dash Core Group members attended the Bitcoin 2022 conference in Miami in early April. Ernesto from Business Development, Brian from product, and Glenn from Finance flew in on behalf of DCG. BitcoinMiami 2022 is the largest Bitcoin event in the world, and there was a busy week of crypto activities planned. This year 35,000 attendees, 450 Speakers, and 3,000 companies attended this event, and the networking opportunities were gigantic.
The main goal from a Business Development and Product perspective was aimed at meeting three key potential partners:
  • One of the top point of sale companies in the world: a firm that will roll out a crypto payments solution, and has shown big interest to include Dash into their initial launch of supported coins. This implementation will be deployed in early 2023, and will allow Dash to be part of a set of cryptos available at over a million locations!
  • One of the largest global exchanges that currently does not carry Dash: we know listing is a matter of staying close to them and making sure we can stay on their radar until we get Dash added.
  • A huge firm that enables thousands of physical locations in more than 32 states in the US to facilitate the cash purchase and sale of cryptocurrencies in a follow up to get Dash onto their system. In addition to these personal meetings, the DCG team had the chance to attend a few of the keynote conferences and see and hear where the industry is headed, as well as catch up and reconnect with over two dozen current partners and close allies, including: Ionia from Dash Direct, the TaxBit team, CoinRoutes, the Valkyrie team, custodian company BitGo, and more.

We also had the chance to discuss current Dash opportunities with other community members and DAO organizational leaders present at the Miami Beach convention center. Among others, we had the chance of speaking to Rodrigo from the Trust Protectors, and many more!

CHERRY ON TOP: TEAM CHANGES
April and early May saw further changes at DCG, with a few team members departing. We wish CEO Ryan Taylor and COO Robert Wiecko, both of who have been instrumental in their vision and drive establishing and managing DCG over the years, all the best with their future endeavors. Dash would not be the same without you both! Head of Growth Chris Hough is also leaving, and we deeply appreciate the fresh perspectives and discussion he brought during his time at DCG. Finally, I am proud to announce our fantastic new Communications Officer Marina Siradegyan is joining the team! Due to my past experience in marketing for DCG, I have been working closely with her for the last couple of weeks to get her up to speed and I'm thrilled to take this chance to introduce her to the community. Marina comes to us through a recommendation by a team member, and has years of experience in the crypto industry handling social media and communications. She will be your new point of contact for Q&A sessions, social media, forum, newsletter and blog content and she has hit the ground running with plenty of ideas to get the word out about Dash. Please join me in welcoming Marina, and I hope you enjoyed this first newsletter produced under her management!

Leon White
Blockchain Infrastructure Engineer
Dash Core Group