Is Cardano ready for mainstream adoption? Exploring recent milestones?

Through the seamless efforts of Charles Hoskinson, the Cardano (ADA) blockchain platform bloomed in 2017 with a vision to be a decentralized app development platform with smart contracts and a multi-asset ledger. It runs on proof-of-stake Ouroboros consensus protocol with a current CoinMarketCap ranking 9. Its live price at the time of writing is $0.454879 USD, with a live market cap of $16,238,413,097 USD. However, the ongoing debate about Cardano’s readiness for mainstream adoption isn’t new. Cardano was designed from scratch, bearing its mainstream adoption in mind. Scalability, interoperability, and sustainability have been its firm pillars.

This article brushes Cardano’s recent milestones in the light of its readiness for mainstream adoption. Shall we delve in?

Recent Milestones for Cardano

Some of the outstanding milestones Cardano attained in the recent past are feathers to its cap of honor, which are briefed below:

  • Smart contract functionality launch (Plutus) – The Alonzo upgrade was launched on Sep 12, 2021, which initiated the Cardano smart contract functionality. This upgrade witnesses ADA’s patient approach, which testifies the fact that smart contracts are just not employed but are also secured, developer-friendly, and robust.
  • Alonzo hard fork and integration with DeFi protocols – Alonzo’s tough efforts pave the way for unlocking a DeFi revolution. Its integration with Ethereum-based smart contracts, an energetic ecosystem, and a fervent developer ecosystem transform it into a network good enough to lead the charge in blockchain innovation.

With widespread projects in finance, identity management, social media, and many others, Cardano swiftly turns out to be a happening one for dApp development. The recent remarkable partnership that has sparked between EMURGO and GSR was announced on May 7, 2024. This is all geared up to bring another new era of expansion for the Cardano system. Cardano witnessed an increase in developer activity that has risen nearly 80% since last year. ADA’s community engagement witnessed a whopping 978,780 commits, confirming its growth in the same.

Market Performance and Adoption Metrics

Recently, Cardano experienced a remarkable 35% decline after being unable to hold the $0.6700 range. This decline marked a span of lower lows and lower highs, showing a bearish trading pattern. Simultaneously, the CMF (Chaikin Money Flow) indicator indicated a reduction in monetary inflows, further signifying ADA’s weakening investor sentiments.

On the contrary, ADA usage is a thriving genre, with numerous Cardano casino sites sprouting up. The supply and demand dynamics drive the cryptocurrency’s price, and with more projects developing on the Cardano platform in various industries. The platform’s unique Ouroboros proof-of-stake (PoS) protocol ensures security and energy efficiency, making it an attractive option for developers and investors. ADA’s demand is expected to rise further, thereby hiking its price. 

With huge anticipation of the upcoming Basho epoch that is destined to address the rising challenges, Cardano’s prospective path toward mainstream adoption seems to be progressively obligatory. Reinforced by a vibrant foundation, zestful development moves, and an interactive community, Cardano is a prototype assured for remarkably exponential growth. Analysts guess that ADA might rise to $5 by the end of 2024, a significant leap featuring its exploding precedence in the digital asset sphere.

Cardano, in combination with Veritree, initiated the First Global Cardano Impact Challenge, welcoming its global community to bring in their donations to Veritree in terms of ADA. The proceeds of the donation will be used to plant the world’s first #Cardano forest. Cardano has made partnerships with Rival, the prominent sports and gaming platform, to create challenging NFT marketplaces, fan rewards, and more. Further, Cardano made efforts to improve on chain De-Fi activities through clever collaborations with UBX.

IOHK, in 2018, signed a MoU with the Ethiopian government to review Cardano usage in its coffee supply chain. This partnership with the government of Ethiopia also investigates other possible ways to improve Cardano usage in the country.

Final Thoughts

Cardano has been manifesting marked growth since its inception in the blockchain landscape. It has been standing out in its growth potential in the cryptocurrency world, where volatility is inevitable. Cardano’s modular development approach assures leveled, smooth updates, making itself unique from other cryptocurrencies that underwent delays during their transition to proof-of-stake from proof-of-work.

This proactively innovative venture facilitates Cardano’s long-term sustenance, positioning itself comfortably for remarkable growth in days to come. Cardano’s upcoming developments and its significant partnerships with governments, organizations, and businesses are pivotal in taking it through the pinnacle of mainstream adoption in the near future. 

Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams has recently joined as a market reporter for CryptoNewsZ - the 24/7 crypto news site, where she produces recent stories, technical analysis and price updates on world's leading cryptocurrencies.

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