Jolla and Zipper to develop blockchain smartphone solution for Sony Xperia

Jolla, the Finnish mobile company and blockchain solution developer Zipper have announced a joint community program aiming to develop a dedicated blockchain smartphone solution for easy and secure use of cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. Zipper has also opened the pre-sale of its digital token, which will fuel the community.

The blockchain community is growing very fast, and currently there are more than 1,000 projects developing blockchain applications and more than 10 million cryptocurrency users globally. While the user base growth is exponential, the user experience is lagging behind due to difficult handling of payments, and missing common development platform. Zipper and Jolla aim to solve this challenge.

Antti Saarnio, Founder of Zipper comments: “In the first stage, Zipper provides cryptocurrency users an easy and safe way to make their daily payments with mobile. Blockchain enables people to become their own banks by managing their own cryptocurrency wallets, but in practice managing one’s cryptographic identity and private keys is cumbersome and requires great deal of diligence from users. The Zipper platform makes managing one’s cryptographic identity easy, secure and automated via its decentralized key storing solution. We start building this experience with Jolla’s Sailfish X community program, which provides a great development platform for the project.“

Sami Pienimäki, Co-founder and CEO of Jolla comments: “Blockchain and cryptocurrency development is taking major steps as we speak. We want to take part in this movement by providing a solid development environment for decentralized app developers and other blockchain pioneers. Cryptocurrencies will also be an excellent way to reward the passionate Sailfish community for their contributions, a tool which we have been so far missing.”

Zipper is an open application platform, which welcomes any blockchain application to take part in building the next-generation mobile experience. In addition to Jolla, Zipper has already partnered with the Swiss blockchain project Streamr, specialised in real-time data monetization, and Nebulas which founders are among the blockchain pioneers in China, and which is building a search engine for blockchain projects. With Streamr’s solution, instead of giving away their data for free, smartphone users could choose which data to share and be paid for sharing it to the big data companies. Nebulas is providing a search engine for blockchains; a tool that Zipper platform’s users will benefit from by being able to search the massive amounts of data in blockchains today.

The Zipper platform for Sony Xperia devices running Sailfish X will be available in Q1/2018 in collaboration with Jolla. At the same time, Zipper will make the platform available for various Android devices.

Developers and pioneer community members can join the program by participating in the Zipper (ZIP) token pre-sale. Selected pre-sale participants will receive a Sony Xperia smartphone, early access to the Zipper platform, and a number of ZIP tokens, which fuel the platform.

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