In case you missed it - this newsletter is now issued monthly and it has a new name. So, ICYMI in January, lots of big companies are looking into the NFT trend and working on new features that would connect web2 with the upcoming web3 world. Not surprisingly, Twitter came first and now, Twitter Blue subscribers can now set their NFT profile pictures on iOS. These avatars have a hexagonal shape and can be viewed on any client including Android.
Reddit is looking into a similar feature, rumors say that YouTube may get something eventually too. And of course, Instagram is working on a potential collection gallery for your NFTs. If 2021 was a year of voice chats, this time we will watch NFT profile pictures being integrated all around.
If you are interested in Telegram, it turns out their former TON project got picked up by TON Foundation and is getting ready to kick off. And there will be NFT projects as well! At this point I am curious either Telegram will integrate only with TON or with other blockchains as well.
On another side, a new era of browser wars is coming. Web3 requires you to have your crypto wallet ready and connecting web apps to your standalone crypto wallet on Android is not working very well every time. This is where crypto-friendly browsers like Brave and Opera are shining but at the same time, most crypto wallets have their internal web browsers as well. So, let's see if we will get a crypto wallet feature on Chrome, Firefox or Edge this year.
P.S. And don't miss a new Early Access section that you check below too.
📲 Users can now browse NFT profile pictures on Twitter for Android
📲 Opera released a dedicated Crypto Browser in beta
📲 Telegram got post reactions and spoiler protection in its latest beta 8.4
See more details below 👇
Top features to test this week
While browsing some of the Twitter profiles, especially in an NFT space, you may notice a pop-up introducing a new NFT PFPs feature. These profiles have a hexagonal shape and opening them will redirect you to a new details page. This details page will have information about an NFT itself along with a collection description and a link to its page on OpenSea.
A possibility of setting NFTs as profile pictures are only available to Twitter Blue subscribers (which is iOS only and limited to certain countries including the US, Canada and Australia).
Opera is known to launch specifically focused versions of its browser (like Opera GX for example) and now, despite having a crypto wallet in its base version, users can test a new Crypto Browser.
It is available in Early Access mode on Google Play and has only 5k installs so far.
The main difference from the generic version is that you will see a crypto-focused news feed on your home page and the crypto wallet will be much more accessible from a dedicated wallet tab.
It is a long-awaited feature for all channel admins especially since native comments were introduced. The native comment didn't work well with bots that had reaction functionality so many channels had to decide between native comments and reactions. Now, native reactions are here and they can be turned on and off per every channel. By default, this setting is set to off so you will have to head towards channel settings first.
There are several reasons for me to share this experience as NFTs are still new to many and also that they bring early access by themselves to some extra perks. Depending on the NFT project, you can get access to some software tools or even to the mobile app if it is a part of the project roadmap.
Loads of drops on Twitter are coming as an image whether it is an invite link or a promo code. Loads of people complain that it's unfair for mobile users as it is harder to type faster from mobile because you have to switch back and force.
I think that in fact, it is the opposite. Mobile users have Google Photos and Google Lens apps that can make this process much faster. If you have these apps installed, all you need to do is to know how to take screenshots.
Most web DAPPS require your crypto wallet to be connected. At the same time, not all of them are mobile-friendly and sometimes the choice of options that are available for connection is limited. For example, Wallet Connect that most websites have doesn't work smoothly all the time and messing with QR codes isn't a very pleasant experience either. To my experience, if you use Trust Wallet, sometimes it works a bit better but still not with 100% of the DAPPS.
I am slowly preparing a whitepaper to be shared with the community. There you will find a proposal for TC community members and future contributors. A discord server and governance concept are included.
If you know what is DAO then you are prepared. If not, I will be publishing a bunch of educational guides very soon as well. TestingCatalog is and will continue to be built in public - read more on Telegram.
🎉 You've successfully subscribed to TestingCatalog!
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access to TestingCatalogWelcome back! You've successfully signed in.Unable to sign you in. Please try again.Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.Success! Your billing info is updated.Billing info update failed.