Google Play market and Apple’s AppStore will reportedly promptly highlight the Telegram Open Network (TON) operating system (OS). This end-to-end open-source infrastructure enables developers and users to operate with the TON blockchain.
The TON OS will quickly become available on smartphones and personal computers for mainstream users, a source close to Telegram told Russian news agency RBC on April 29. TON OS is not an alternative to enduring operating systems but will assist as an add-on for devices, making them capable of supporting blockchain applications.
The source stated that with TON OS, users could build applications that are automatically compatible with the blockchain platform. They assume that, in the prospect, the OS will help applications with various functions, including transacting different assets including cryptocurrencies:
“When it comes to financing or voting, decentralized management can solve a huge number of problems with corruption, management efficiency, citizen involvement. Small businesses will be able to reduce costs by using a secure chat for participants, managing assets of this business, and contractual relations of the parties.”
Earlier, developers of the TON blockchain said in a statement that they were still considering launching TON, notwithstanding Telegram’s ongoing legal battle on the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Telegram is attempting to request a U.S. federal court’s ruling in favor of the SEC to prevent the distribution of the platform’s native Gram tokens.
Fedor Skuratov, a spokesperson for TON Community Foundation, said in a statement:
“The community was ready for this (or another) scenario. We have several options, including the launch of TON by TCF [TON Community Foundation]. I will say more, no one (no one) can prevent the launch of TON by any other entity, person or community, cause TON is a decentralized open-source solution. Already, there are two different test networks, and within the community, there is at least one group planning to launch.”
Meantime, after years of unsuccessful attempts to block Telegram in Russia, the country’s government is now contemplating uplifting the ban, as the app’s creator Pavel Durov agreed to associate with authorities on tackling the coronavirus.