Cryptocurrencies have a history of their own. They follow a decentralized transaction and eliminate the intermediaries that very often becomes a part of any financial transaction. Well, I am not here to brag about what cryptocurrencies do but to hold your attention on an even more interesting topic, EOS vs Ethereum.
All those intellectuals holding immense knowledge on Blockchain architect would claim that statement to be true. And to all those who are not much aware of these innovative smart contracts here am I to pour the hint.
Unlike Ethereum, the open-source blockchain-based distributed computing platform, EOS is comparatively new and is known to be another prominent cryptocurrency token. Why am I talking specifically about these only leaving behind all other popular cryptocurrencies? Because the battle here is all about EOS vs Ethereum.
It’s hardly been a few months since EOS was launched. And the new cryptocurrency is referred to as the very first legitimate competitor from Ethereum. That would be interesting to watch the battle between these two. That’s great too, you know competition drives innovations.
And the competition between these two smart contract platforms holds all the potential to push hard the boundaries of scalability. It may foster a solution that could bring up a more interesting product than EOS or Ethereum or maybe could offer the solution for a consumer-grade blockchain adoption.
EOS, the smart contract is referred to as the biggest competition to Ethereum in the blockchain ecosystem. It is the new “operating system” for decentralized apps. The platform works on delegated proof of stake (DPoS) mechanism. The system seems more centralized (features 21 block producers rather than having infinite miners as a proof of work mode) if we typically talk about a network that is scalable and faster.
The platform was announced at Consensus 2017. It is a full stack platform and there is no transaction fee involved in it. That is why the platform is seen as the competition against Ethereum.
This smart contract war is much similar to that of OS that started in between the two most prominent operating systems, Android and iOS. Well, there is no winner in the last and the case seems to be the same as EOS and Ethereum. They both have similarities and a few elements that may or may not bound their supremacy ahead of others. Major players in this category are Cardano, NEO and Stellar besides the two I am writing about.
The consensus model for Ethereum is proof of work or poW.
It has the first-mover advantage in the smart contracts as well as in decentralized platform space.
The platform is seen as the second highest valued model at the blockchain ecosystem.
However, the transaction cost is higher
There is lack of scalability in low transactions
Moreover, Ethereum developers are still struggling to develop consumer-grade applications that could scale up easily. This is a huge concern for the entire blockchain industry. And the big factors that could possibly play the role includes miners, crooks, and speculators.
Talking about the developments right now in this landscape, there is nothing bright happening in this blockchain-based platform.
The platform is mainly supposed to play a supporting role for the applications. But if we look at the stats, it’s only 10% of transaction that is coming on the networks from the Ethereum-based top 100 applications.
Talking about the other 90%, the transaction is coming from ICOs and payments. However, we can expect the next few months to be critical for the development of impressive Ethereum-based blockchain apps. Some of the major applications including Golem, Augur and Mana, which are launching on the Ethereum platform.
Since EOS has already launched and it has some of the impressive dApps (decentralized app) under the development, it may possibly handle 1000-6000 transactions per second easily. The ongoing development is believed to perform economic tradeoffs in order to get validated. The consumers love more about the performance than they care about other things.
A number of companies are contributing to the EOS app development and Block.One is one prominent to offer similar services. The company develops open-source software. It has recently announced that they would be developing EOS.io to release the software soon for the related community.
EOS offers transaction throughput of about 6000 transactions per second. It offers the required speed to the developers in order to develop consumer grade apps in the blockchain ecosystem. There is sub-second finality that also makes cross-chain communication much easier. The cross-chain communication refers to a communication channel where chains could communicate with each other.
Fee-less economic model
The crypto monitoring policy makes it critical to pay a minimal cost to secure a network. But the case with Ethereum is a bit different. The variable network fee on every transaction is paid by converting ether in to variables to pay for the same. These transactions are paid directly by transacting parties i.e. by the users.
In case of EOS, the fee to network security is done through inflation. This states that the fee is paid by token holders rather than the end users.
The user experience
EOS has a number of features that users would love to see on such a platform. Some of these features include human-readable usernames and account/password recovery. The representation of Ethereum accounts is done by a string of numbers and letters. This for any customer who comes from a non-technical background becomes a bit difficult to grab on in the very first attempt.
EOS gives the option to the users to make a suitable username and then send money to that publically generated address. This is a great step in the protocol layer. Also, this smart contract has the first application that is built with a process of account recovery at protocol level only.
EOS has a community-written constitution and that is one thing which separates it from other such platforms. This concept paves the way for peer-to-peer terms of services. While the project is still in the phase of social experimenting. So, there are fair chances that it could fail. But it is a novel approach that could contribute specifically.
A number of market analysts who are very actively following token model architect have their different opinions on the topic. Most of them have shared the thought that they would like to get a reason to invest in tokens. It should obviously be more than a speculation. Let’s take the example of Ethereum’s existing smart contract platform wherein user token is used to pay the network fee. But the transaction is subjected to velocity problem. This creates a problem in the form of token value not appreciating in line with network adoption.
The peer-to-peer blockchain-based architect creates some of the problems that a number of industry leaders are facing presently. Filecoin, LBRY, Storj and Sia are some of the platforms that have similar problems. Let’s take the example of Filecoin. In Sept. 2017, it was the largest ICO ever having $250million USD. EOS has a different model than this. Users can stake their EOS tokens as perpetual storage. The development process for the same is different too as it is developed directly into the protocol instead of any third-party where users must have the utility token for the ease of payments.
From all of this analysis, we get to know that EOS has a long way to go to takeover Ethereum. Ethereum, on the other hand has already started establishing and this is a reason why investors are liking it more than ever. However, Ethereum needs to innovate. It needs to offer fundamental tradeoff that could allow entrepreneurs to contribute more on this platform. Consumer-grade applications are another thing that developers need to focus more than ever now.
While this war between two cryptocurrencies is heating than ever before, it is almost impossible to declare a winner at this point of time. The market for both the smart contracts is going to change largely and thus it is very sooner to predict any one as the clear winner.
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.Follow