Late last night, a new GetGems developer update has been posted on the Bitcointalk forums. Even though the GetGems messenger application is still in beta, and available to Android users through the Google Play Store, there are still quite a few issues that need to ironed out. Some new features have also been developed, including unsolicited user support.
Own Cluster of Counterparty Nodes
GetGems Messenger relies on the Counterparty for a lot of things, including the creation of new wallet addresses and sending coins to other GetGems users. Unfortunately, this relying on third party servers also brings quite a few issues with it, as many GetGems users encountered issues when accessing their GetGems wallets or checking wallet balances.
Counterparty developers regularly updated their servers and APIs, which is a good thing. However, not all of these changes and updates are backwards compatible, making the task of relying on their services rather tedious. In the case of GetGems messenger, this can lead to some of the app’s major functions not being available until a fix has been implemented.
The GetGems developers plan to launch their own cluster of XBP (Counterparty) nodes, and rely on that cluster for API calls and services in the future. In doing so, the developers can control the rate of updates as well as update the GetGems client before making any changes to their cluster’s servers. A staging environment has been set up for such a cluster, which will be deployed in the near future.
GetGems User Base and Features
One of GetGem’s most touted features during their pre-sale was the fact that users could earn GEMZ by viewing advertisements. In return, advertisers would have to pay for broadcasting their ad to users by paying a chunk of GEMZ. That feature is currently still being worked on, and more updates are expected over the next few months.
Progress has been made in regards to support for unsolicited users, which allows anyone to search the global GetGems user database and start a conversation with anyone in that list, even if you don’t know their phone number. This feature will cost GEMZ in the future, which is also part of the GetGems attention economy model.
Even though the GetGems Messenger app has been released on the Google Play Store for quite some time now, the user base still remains fairly limited to this date. A new feature is in development as of right now, which will handle the sending of GEMZ/BTC to Telegram contacts in a way so that these Telegram users receive a message telling them to download the GetGems app.
Stickers are becoming an integral part of social media messengers these days, and GetGems will be integrating stickers into their platform soon. A deal is in place with a third party sticker provider (which remains unnamed at this point), and the developers expect to integrate the sticker feature within a week from today.
Last but not least, as of right now any user can register several GetGems accounts using the same phone number. However, this causes an inconsistency when sending coins to a user via text message, as the system cannot tell which account should receive the coins. Right now, coins will be credited to the wallet owned by the latest created account with that phone number, which is a temporary fix. A more robust solution is being developed and will be deployed over the next few weeks.