By jumping ahead, Litecoin (LTC) has outperformed EOS, which previously had been holding to spot #4.
The LTC advance in question has been the result of the recent updates that the community of open-source devs has come up with recently, working to improve scaling of LTC and implement some new privacy technologies, i.e. Mimblewimble and Confidential Transactions.
Developers’ work pushes LTC upwards
The Litecoin dev team has been busy working on Confidential Transactions and Mimblewhimble. These two solutions were first of all created for the Bitcoin platform in summer 2016.
The fact that the protocols of LTC and BTC are the same in many ways, has let LTC devs experiment with applying the two aforementioned solutions to the Litecoin network.
In January, the LTC founder Charlie Lee mentioned that the community of Litecoin devs intends to launch Confidential Transactions by the time 2019 is over.
Fungibility is the only property of sound money that is missing from Bitcoin & Litecoin. Now that the scaling debate is behind us, the next battleground will be on fungibility and privacy.— Charlie Lee [LTC⚡] (@SatoshiLite) January 28, 2019
I am now focused on making Litecoin more fungible by adding Confidential Transactions. 🚀
The two aforementioned technologies are focused on privacy and let LTC user conduct payments without having to disclose themselves.
Experts believe that the Litecoin short-term price value has increased in particularly due to the work of LTC developers on the implementation of the new privacy features.
Analysts reckon that LTC may recover its former price level of $50 within a short time period and maintain the momentum.
Current LTC stance
Presently, LTC is going for $39.73. Its market cap totals $1 203 620 139. At the time of writing, LTC is demonstrating a rise by nearly 20 percent.