AppCoins News Update, or ANU for short, is a regular bi-weekly update by the AppCoins team. As usual, we are going to cover dev updates, market reports, team members and upcoming events. This week’s focus is on the recent developments regarding the AppCoins BDS Wallet, the remaking proposal of the User Acquisition flow, and the ASF Blockchain Summit which will take place on November 5th in Lisbon.QuicklinksDev UpdateAPPC Markets ReportFeatured Team MemberASF Blockchain SummitUpcoming EventsTwo weeks have passed, and it’s time for another Dev Update!These last two weeks have been spent completing tasks we’ve been delaying due to the Ritchie release. These included a few website pages and the final proposal for the remaking of the User Acquisition, which is the flow that enables users to get rewards for using apps. It also included some developments in the AppCoins BDS Wallet that had to be completed.Regarding the website pages, we’ve finished the App Store Foundation (ASF) Blockchain Summit website.The ASF Summit has the purpose “to serve the global community of app developers, app stores, OEMs and ecosystem-builders to connect, learn and share knowledge with one another.”The website might still go through a few changes regarding speakers and agenda, but it’s already out there for people to know more about what the Summit intends to achieve.Regarding the website pages, we’ve created a page where users, developers, and enthusiasts can check the APPC purchases we make to account for the payments that are done with fiat currency via credit cards. This feature was released in the Ritchie Release, and along with it, we wanted to have a page where we would showcase each APPC purchase that was made. For each payment done with credit card, we buy the corresponding amount of APPC in real-time, in exchanges. For example, given an app that integrates the Blockchain Distribution Services (BDS) Billing System, if a user buys an item inside that app that is marked to cost 10 APPC and pays using credit card, we will buy those 10 APPC from exchanges, and distribute them through the developer (85%), the app store (10%) and the OEM (5%), as described in the AppCoins Protocol whitepaper.Taking into consideration the developments we’ve been doing in the AppCoins BDS Wallet, we’ve been working mainly on two things. The first was reducing its size since the app had almost 50 MB. We felt this was too much for an Ethereum wallet, and therefore have taken out some dependencies the app had. The app has now 14.5 MB and this update has been published both in Google Play and Aptoide.In addition, we’ve been working to have the ASF IAP flow functioning with the AppCoins BDS Wallet. After the Ritchie release, the IAP flow from ASF stopped working with the AppCoins BDS Wallet because the wallet became too coupled with the BDS Billing System. Since the IAP flow from ASF doesn’t rely on any third parties and APIs, apart from the Ethereum Blockchain itself, the flow only worked with the ASF Wallet. We wanted to have the AppCoins BDS Wallet fully compatible with ASF, thus we’ve been working on that goal. The developments are almost finished and will be published in the next couple of weeks.Lastly, we’ve finalized the proposal for the remaking of the User Acquisition flow. This is one of the two major flows of the AppCoins Protocol, and it’s the one that enables users to get rewards for using apps. Developers are able to create user acquisition campaigns for their apps, and the protocol rewards users when the proof that they actually used the apps — what we call the Proof-of-Attention (PoA) — is submitted to the protocol. As of now, the flow has a major friction point: users need to have ETH to submit the PoA and get the APPC reward. This made that almost every user had a hard time getting rewarded, which defeated the purpose of the flow.In addition, we’ve always talked about the concept of creating a circular economy, where users would use at least a part of the rewards they earn in in-app purchases, thus creating a more dynamic and interesting mobile ecosystem.Therefore, we are proposing an extension to the AppCoins Protocol. One that will be built on top of the already existing User Acquisition flow, and that will remove these friction points and add more value to users and developers. In fact, this will be the major development that we’ll publish in the next big release. Stay tuned for more updates on this!As always, you’re invited to follow our work regarding all of the products we’re working on:ASF SDKASF Unity pluginASF WalletASF Smart ContractsPublished artefacts:ASF Wallet (Aptoide & Google Play)AppCoins Wallet (Aptoide & Google Play)ASF SDKASF Unity PluginBDS Billing System integration guideAt the time of writing, the current market cap is close to $9.93 M USD, with $444.47 K USD in volume in the last 24 hours across these exchanges: Binance (89.02%), Huobi (10.93%) and HitBTC (0.04%).Since the last ANU, APPC value has witnessed a high of $0.123 USD on Sep 23th, and a low of $ 0.062 USD on Sep 12th. You can see more info about APPC markets at Coinmarketcap.Name: Rafael RodriguesRole: Quality Assurance and Customer SupportBio: Rafael started working for Aptoide as a Quality Assurance tester, back in 2015.Later, he was assigned to integrate the Aptoide TV team, where he helped launch Aptoide’s App Store solution for Android TVs and Set-Top Boxes.Currently, he’s part of the BDS team and his role includes assuring the quality of the team’s developments to present the best experience possible, and to provide customer support to the BDS users.AppCoins will be sponsoring one of the most influential blockchain events of the year: The ASF Blockchain Summit!The event will mark the official launch of the App Store Foundation, a not for profit organization, which will assure the open governance of the AppCoins ecosystem, support its development (after the initial implementation performed by Aptoide) and the continuous open innovation of the technology.The event will take place on November 5th at Museu do Oriente in Lisbon, and it will include a full day of Keynote Speakers, Panel Discussions about the app economy and parallel technical track sessions with developers.It’s an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most influential developers, OEM´s and eco-system builders of our generation, including Chris Jones and Jordan French!For more information on the ASF Blockchain Summit, and to get your tickets, please visit: https://summit.appstorefoundation.org/We’ll be sharing new updates regarding the ASF Blockchain Summit in our social media channels, and in our next ANU, so stay tuned!Tiago Alves, VP of Asia Pacific at AppCoins, will be one of the key speakers of Blockchain Solution Asia!The Blockchain Solution Asia 2018 aims to provide answers for organizations to understand the impact of the Blockchain Revolution, and its technological advances on their business models and operating processes, in order for them to adapt themselves to this new world technology-led order.Don’t miss Tiago Alves presentation on “Raising Investment Capital through ICOs: Success Strategy and Pitfalls to Avoid”, and his participation in the forum discussion — “Blockchain: The Funding Mechanism of the Future?”.Blockchain Solution Asia 2018 will occur between 27–28 of September in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.Kuala Lumpur, will be featuring a full-day event with influential speakers from the blockchain industry on the 27th of September.This time, the Meet Up will bring together speakers from Qchain, LongHash, and from AppCoins. This Meet Up has been organized by the Cryptocurrency Community Meetup in Malaysia, which have been conducting these events since 2013.Tiago Alves presentation will focus on the AppCoins solution and will use the Aptoide App Store as a case study to demonstrate how the integration of the AppCoins Protocol within the app economy can help solve some of the main inefficiencies the industry still faces today.Besides the presentation, the AppCoins team will also carry on some activities with the audience, including testing an in-app purchase using the AppCoins technology, and giving away mystery gifts.More details on the event here.Missed one of our previous publications? Not to worry! You can read them right here:ANU #18 — Credit card payment feature, BDS Billing and 2018 DEMO ASIARitchie Release — AppCoins Rollout on Aptoide App Store!ANU #17 — Ritchie Release and GamescomANU #19 — AppCoins BDS Wallet Updates and the ASF Blockchain Summit was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.