Ledger has always valued and welcomed the feedback given by its user community to continuously improve its products. Our hardware wallet product line took off in 2014 thanks to the input and enthusiastic reception of the crypto community, and we would not be where we are today if it was not for the continued support of crypto-enthusiasts worldwide.
From the beginning, our goal has been to provide extremely secure, yet user-friendly solutions to a wide audience of both power users and newbies – and to do so, we’ve committed to support a significant range of cryptocurrencies and applications on Ledger products. While we developed many of these applications, the technology behind Ledger has been built in such a way that it allows the community to develop third-party applications. We’ve been pleasantly surprised to see our users and developers community embracing these possibilities: with the addition of 8 more third-party apps today, we’re excited to report that already 15 of the 37 applications supported by Ledger devices have been developed by the Ledger community, and that 18 more are currently in development.
While we’re proud to be supported by such an active community, we’re also conscious that we can go even further to help developers prepare applications for Ledger devices. In an effort to streamline the process behind the development and release of new device applications, Ledger is strengthening its third-party application process and launching Crypto Tuesday, a brand new rendez-vous for the Ledger community, happening every first Tuesday of the month.
The validation process for third-party apps will be simplified with clearer guidelines, giving developers more comprehensive guidance on security good practice, device applications interface, experience and design requirements. These requirements have been consolidated in a comprehensive document available here.
Additionally, from now on, the release of new coin applications will happen every first Tuesday of the month, with new third-party device applications bundled in a single release. This will help make expectations clearer for both users and developers, as they will know when to expect new releases to launch. This will also make it easier for Ledger to streamline third-party apps validation, and make sure Ledger devices can support more applications quicker, while keeping the highest standard of security and asset protection.
These applications will be available for installation on Ledger devices through Ledger Live, the native companion app we’ve recently launched. However, the newly added cryptos are not directly compatible with Ledger Live and you’ll be required to use a compatible third-party wallet to perform transactions. Ledger Live will gradually incorporate full support for third-party applications, to enable Ledger users to not only install, but also transact with these new crypto assets directly from Ledger Live.
Of course, Ledger will continue developing its own device applications to further extend its crypto assets coverage. The full roadmap of upcoming releases can be found on our public roadmap.
The first eight applications released as part of #CryptoTuesday are PoA, Icon, VeChain, WanChain, Ontology, Kowala, particl and RSK.