- Dash has released its 2018 recap
- It includes over 4,000 new merchant adoptions and 200 nodes added
Many blockchain and cryptocurrency companies are reviewing the year 2018 and Dash is no exception.
On the 1st of January 2019, Dash released a post showing some of their highlights of 2018 which included adoption and collaborations.
Dash, by their own admission, consider adoption to be one of their biggest coups for 2018.
At the end of 2017, about 500 merchants accepted Dash as payment. Now, the number sits at around 4,692.
Over half of that figure comes from Venezuela. This isn’t surprising as the country has turned to Cryptocurrency in light of their current economic crisis.
As of now, 2,553 retailers in Venezuela accept Dash including Subway and Church’s chicken.
This doesn’t end with just restaurants as Venezuela is also home to 66,000 KRIP mobile phones which come pre-loads with the Dash official wallet, Bitrefill, and DiscoverDash.
Another country that has seen massive Dash adoration is Colombia which is home to 346 merchants that accept Dash. This, the company believes, is due to their proximity to Venezuela.
In 2018, Dash saw 66+ integrations which included more than 38 exchanges and more than 10 payment processors.
These were not considered major news stories as any business can integrate Dash without needing a public announcement.
Some of the exchanges that adopted Dash include RealExchange, Bitbns, CoinCola, Panda Exchange, BuyCrypto, CoinvertIt, OmniTrade, eBitcoinics, CoinOyo, DeVere Crypto, ACX, SouthXChange, Styx24, NegocieCoins, BitIt, BitInka, and BitcoinVN.
As for payment processors, some of them include SlithEx, PayBear, Coinify, Epaymints, AloGateway, Payza, 34 Bytes, and Bravo Pawn Systems.
In 2018, the Dash wallet received Uphold integration, meaning users could buy and sell Dash from their wallets.
Dash was also added to two SMS-based wallets, CoinText and DashText.
PayCent and Payza, two debit card providers also added Dash to their platforms.
The Dash infrastructure saw significant upgrades in 2018.
First, it had the 0.12.3 update that added PrivateSend, as well as Compact Blocks, which allowed the network to more easily scale to high transaction levels.
The most recent update was version 0.13 which went live on the testnet in late 2018.
Decentralized Dash apps are currently being worked on by sandy Freer and Dash labs are also working on a Data collection protocol which will decentralize and monetize academic research and peer review process by using Dash.
200 nodes were added to the Dash Masternode Network, bringing the total to 4,877.