Yesterday, March 1, 2021, the Mary hardfork was activated on the Cardano (ADA) blockchain. Now, Cardano (ADA) is a multi-chain network. Moreover, it can host assets from other blockchains with no need to deploy smart contracts.
Cardano (ADA) developers can activate smart contract-free tokens
According to a press release shared with U.Today, Input Output HK has implemented revolutionary functionality on Cardano (ADA) blockchain. Now Cardano (ADA) can host assets from other blockchains ("non-native") without smart contract deployment.
It significantly reduces the costs of the development process and advances the interaction between programmatic and non-programmatic blockchains. Assets representing the native tokens of other chains work similarly to Cardano's ADA coins.
Also, the first major players in the blockchain market shared their plans to build on the Cardano (ADA) blockchain with post-Mary operational functionality.
Namely, blockchain-based lending platform Celsius Network and SingularityNET—the world's first decentralized AI network—will be the pioneers of Cardano's b2b adoption.
Full decentralization is expected this month
Aparna Jue, Product Director at Input Output HK, stresses that it is in the very first steps of Cardano's adoption in terms of blockchain-based applications:
Native Tokens are a crucial step in the rollout of smart contracts on Cardano, allowing businesses and developers to benefit from the increased security, flexibility and lower costs that a multi-asset enabled Cardano offers. Over the next few months, we expect to see a range of promising use cases for the utility of Cardano come to life.
Additionally, Cardano's (ADA) decentralization metrics have also increased. At press time, 88 percent of the Cardano (ADA) blockchain is controlled by community-driven staking pools.
The team at Input Output HK assures everyone that the project is on track to achieve decentralization. As soon as the end of March, governing power in its entirety will migrate to ADA staking pools.