Expanse, which defines itself as a “community-driven decentralized blockchain platform”, is set to release a new EXP wallet which is based on the Mist of Ethereum.

Audio customized wallet

Expanse is about to release a new customized wallet based on Mist of Ethereum. The founder and lead developer at Expanse, Christopher Franko, tells Cointelegraph that this will be a reliable open-source wallet which can safely be used to store the Expanse cryptocurrency, EXP.

According to the company’s newsletter, the new wallet will also offer the audio customizations of the earlier developer preview wallet, along with some new visual customizations. The wallet is being designed to allow for future upgrades, with more visual options, and professional voice-overs for wallet operations. From the onset, audio will be an optional feature, and the user can also turn off the audio option on the wallet at any time.

“What is currently being worked is primarily Borderless tech. While there are many elements of Expanse under development, this is being developed first because we feel it is important to have the most robust custom solutions for this on the market first, or as early as possible. Borderless is being built entirely with custom code and offers more than some potential theoretical solutions, it will also offer robust feature complete solutions for distributed governance, along with greatly expanding practical use for Expanse and the future DAO.” Says Franko.

Christopher Franko, Founder and lead developer at Expanse

Created from scratch

In the company’s newsletter, Franko describes how the original wallet was created. Its first project was the custom Expanse GUI wallet. At the time of development, there was no GUI wallet available for Ethereum so the wallet was created from scratch. This early wallet was released before Mist as a developer preview, and recently some these elements from the developer preview have been ported into the new Mist-based wallet about to be released.

Additionally, a custom block explorer was needed and created, Franko identifies that while normally quite a small thing, this is a bit trickier for Ethereum-based projects. Regardless, this was created in-house and improved over time into a very reliable professional custom block explorer for Expanse.

“Borderless tech has also been under development, and the basic framework is complete and now being improved. This is entirely original code and is not forked from or based on any other project.” Franko says.

Maintenance and modifications

Franko told Cointelegraph that as Expanse is based on Ethereum (with some modifications) it is paramount to keep code up-to-date with everything working smoothly. So of course this is a key priority and always taken care of by the Expanse team. For example, Homestead was updated successfully, and Expanse will always be up-to-date with the latest tech related to Ethereum.

“Community development has also been going quite well. Expanse now has the number #3 ranked Blockchain based Slack community in the world, with 569 members signed up! So we feel we have been successful growing the community and getting people involved, and we hope to expand and bring in even more people over time.” He concludes.