Google Play market and Apple’s AppStore are reported to soon feature the Operating System (OS) Telegram Open Network (TON), an end-to-end open-source infrastructure that allows developers and users to work with TON blockchain.
The TON OS will soon become available to mainstream users on smartphones and personal computers, a source close to Telegram on April 29 told Russian news agency RBC. TON OS is not an alternative to existing operating systems but will serve as an add-on to devices, enabling them to support applications in blockchain.
The source said users can create applications with TON OS which are automatically compatible with the blockchain platform. They expect the OS to support applications with numerous functions in the future including the transaction of different assets including cryptocurrencies:
“When it comes to finance or voting, decentralized management can solve a huge number of problems with corruption, management efficiency, citizen involvement. Small businesses will be able to reduce costs by using a secure chat for participants, managing assets of this business and contractual relations of the parties.”
Telegram Legal Battle with the SEC
Previously, TON blockchain developers said they were still considering launching TON, despite the ongoing legal battle Telegram has waged against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Telegram seeks to appeal a U.S. federal court ruling in favor of the SEC to stop the distribution of the native Gram tokens to the platform.
Fedor Skuratov, a spokesperson for TON Community Foundation, said:
“The community was ready for this (or another) scenario. We have several options, including the launch of TON by TCF [TON Community Foundation]. I will say more, no one (no one) can prevent the launch of TON by any other entity, person or community, cause TON is a decentralized open-source solution. Already, there are two different test networks, and within the community, there is at least one group planning to launch.”
Meanwhile, the country’s government is now considering lifting the ban after years of unsuccessful efforts to block Telegram in Russia, as the app’s creator Pavel Durov agreed to collaborate with authorities to tackle the coronavirus.