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As one of relatively few shipping crypto projects, we’ve found ourselves on the bleeding edge of user onboarding – which has become by far the biggest obstacle standing in the way of broad adoption of ours and others’ dApps.
Our discussions with many other project teams at conferences and the lively debates on reddit confirm that this is indeed a widespread and significant problem noticed by the majority.
New users currently need to jump through some very unfamiliar and technical hoops to try out dApps, and judging by the dismal marketwide DAUs (daily active users) and MAUs (monthly active users), they’re just not ‘buying it’!
The need to deal with browser plugins and extensions or even entirely new and unfamiliar crypto-enabled browsers, along with the steep learning curve of private key security and backup phrases, is too high a barrier for the vast majority of users.
The ease of use and broad compatibility we take for granted in a Web2 environment has not yet found its way to the world of dApps.
What’s needed is a way to ease people into the new Web3 world from their familiar Web2 environments – giving them a smooth transition to blockchain experiences and benefits.
Moreover, while the Web3 situation on desktop browsers is bad enough, 60-70% (and rising) of all web traffic comes from mobile devices. iPhone and Android dominate the mobile market, yet their default browsers are woefully incompatible with Web3 and can’t be ‘upgraded’ through the use of plugins such as are available on desktop.
If a potential customer has to download a whole new browser to try out a dApp they find attractive; it’s a problem – especially when their familiar browsing environment (bookmarks, history, password manager, etc.) is absent.
There are already some strong efforts ...
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