XRP Ledger Is Gearing Up to Overtake Ethereum As The Main Smart Contracts Hub

The XRP Ledger (XRPL), the open-source distributed ledger developed by Ripple, is gearing up for major feature updates that will significantly expand its capabilities and cement its position as a leading blockchain ecosystem.

According to a recent 17-part thread by DeXfi, a prominent XRPL project, the ledger has ambitious plans to implement cutting-edge functionalities related to decentralized finance (DeFi), compliance, identity, data, and more.

Simplifying the Technicals

While the specifics may seem highly technical, the implications of these new features are profound even for regular XRP holders and users of XRPL-based applications.

In simple terms, the updates will increase liquidity, integrate automated market-making, give issuers more control over assets, enable self-sovereign digital identities, allow smarter data-driven decisions, and ensure regulatory compliance. This will push XRPL’s utility and adoption across financial institutions, developers, and individuals.

Native Automated Market Making

One of the most anticipated updates is XLS-30d, which will introduce native automated market-making (AMM) liquidity pools to the XRPL for the first time.

AMMs are smart contracts that provide liquidity without traditional buyers and sellers. They have driven immense DeFi growth on platforms like Ethereum.

XRPL’s AMM integration will enable swaps between XRP and issued tokens, increasing overall liquidity. Liquidity providers will also earn passive yield from trading fees. The AMM will share profit with the Dexter decentralized exchange for optimal token pricing.

Enhanced Asset Control

For major stablecoin issuers and financial institutions, XLS-39d or “Clawback” will add an important asset control feature.

Clawback allows assets on the XRPL to be revoked or frozen if necessary, for reasons such as regulatory compliance, investigations, or security. Importantly, this will not affect XRP. The clawback option is voluntary for token issuers.

The asset control afforded by clawback will make XRPL more attractive to major stablecoin projects and bridge the traditional and decentralized financial systems.

Self-Sovereign Identity

The XLS-40d update will integrate decentralized identifiers (DIDs) that enable self-sovereign digital identity.

DIDs allow for user-owned, independent identities that can interact across any domain, providing continuity. They are decentralized, cryptographically verifiable claims issued on blockchain or distributed ledgers.

XRPL will specifically implement the W3C DID standard, ushering in an era of portable digital identity for users across XRPL-connected apps and services. This also expands the broader ecosystem.

Looking Ahead

The XRP Ledger’s developers and community are fully committed to meaningful technological innovation. With these upcoming features just scratching the surface, XRPL’s future looks very promising.

By leveraging XRPL’s high speed, low cost, and reliability, the new capabilities will empower developers to offer advanced DeFi, liquidity, compliance, identity, and data solutions on a trusted blockchain foundation.

For crypto holders and XRP fans, these developments solidify XRPL’s position as a trailblazing ledger at the forefront of real-world blockchain utility and adoption. The future looks bright and exciting.

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Torsten Hartmann
Torsten Hartmann

Torsten Hartmann has been an editor in the CaptainAltcoin team since August 2017. He holds a degree in politics and economics. He gained professional experience as a PR for a local political party before moving to journalism. Since 2017, he has pivoted his career towards blockchain technology, with principal interest in applications of blockchain technology in politics, business and society.