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Stellar Rolls Out Big Upgrade with Two Exciting Features

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 17:51
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Alex Dovbnya
After skipping bug-ridden Protocol 14, Stellar has finally released the Protocol 15 upgrade
Stellar Rolls Out Big Upgrade with Two Exciting Features
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Stellar successfully rolled out its much-awaited Protocol 15 at 14:00 UTC, according to a Nov. 23 blog post by Justin Rice, the head of Ecosystem at the Stellar Development Foundation.   

The major upgrade comes with two notable improvements (sponsored reserves and claimable balances) that will simplify the process of creating apps on the blockchain.    

Rice writes that the app has been “deployed to great effect” on the Stellar testnet:

“We've already seen both deployed to great effect on the testnet, and we're excited to see what you can do with them in a production environment.”  

There was no Protocol 14 

Validor node operators have to vote on passing new protocol upgrades. Back in June, they voted to greenlight Protocol 13 that brought several notable improvements such as enhanced control of asset authorization and fee bump transactions. 

In September, Rice announced that the public upgrade of the Stellar network Protocol 14 would be skipped due to a critical bug discovered during the testing phase. 

The developer team opted to release the fix in Protocol 15 whose release was announced on Oct. 20.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at