According to a fresh report, Xpring is now launching a new develop platform. Specifically, this new initiative will provide developers with the tools to integrate crypto and fiat payments into “any application”. This could dramatically boost the usefulness of XRP in relation to Xpring.
Xpring payments platform could boost XRP usability
Ripple’s Xpring, which Ripple describes as its ecosystem initiative to “built the Internet of Value”, is an initiative from mid-2018. At the time, Ripple said that Xpring would “invest in, incubate, acquire and provide grants to projects run by proven entrepreneurs”.
Now, this initiative appears set to take its next steps towards becoming even more useful. The new suite of services will include a software development kit, commonly called an SDK. This will enable programmers to integrate XRP applications to several different programming languages.
In addition to this, it will also bring new tools to work with XRP as well as Ripple’s Interledger Protocol. Moreover, this new platform is said to be aiming towards both existing crypto developers, as well as non-crypto programmers.
This news came from Xpring’s senior vice president, Ethan Beard. Furthermore, Ethan Beard recently spoke with CoinDesk regarding this latest update to the Xpring initiative.
“Xpring SDK allows you the developer to use the XRP ledger simply and in any programming language you want. What takes a developer today a 100 lines of code to do a transaction on XRP ledger, using Xpring SDK cuts that down by 80 percent.”
Will Xpring be “Ripple’s Amazon Web Services”?
Xpring already relies on open-source protocols in order to function. However, this latest payment platform could give it functionality akin to that of Amazon Web Services, according to Beard. Developers can either use Xpring to plug into the service, or they could simply download the code to run it themselves.
Furthermore, Beard foresees this type of functionality being useful for a large number of different industries. To name a few, both the gaming sector and the media industry could potentially benefit from this type of platform.
“Ideally, we think that the Xpring platform can work for any type of payment,” Beard said in the interview. Furthermore, this announcement also say the firm reveal that its BitPay payment processor, the BRD mobile wallet and the digital custody provider Anchorage will all add XRP to their offerings.
This is also a potentially significant announcement, seeing as BitPay could boost XRP use cases at thousands of everyday merchants.
Rasmus Pihl is a writer for Toshi Times by day and an avid follower of the cryptocurrency industry by night. Rasmus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the Gothenburg School of Business, Economics, and Law and runs a Swedish marketing consulting firm. Moreover, when he isn’t writing for Toshi Times, traveling, working or changing the world in some other capacity, Rasmus is more than likely caught up in postgraduate studies.