Many things have happened since last May, when we published our last roadmap. During the last 6 months we have gone through a token pre-sale and main sale, we have released several versions of The Block, including an open beta (download here), and many new people have joined our team. Building our team and improving The Block will be an ongoing process, but we have made great steps and now we have a better understanding of our prospect clients, our market, and our product.
Moreover, the last beta test gave us clear insights about what is required to build a great product, together with a more accurate understanding of the resources needed. Because of that, we have updated our roadmap to better show the current status of our project as you can see in the following image:
We’re not discussing the previous quarters, but let me explain the work we have ahead. During this last quarter of the year, we have released a public beta with basic options, available as a desktop app for Linux, macOS, and Windows. During the next two months we will improve on the web browser, already in alpha, including an integration with status.im. We will also start working on the filtering system, and integrate shipping providers, including PassLfix. We are finishing the end-to-end encrypted chat system, which will be off-chain. Therefore, at the end of this year, users could be able to try a beta with many of the Live functionalities already included or in progress.
For the first quarter of 2018 we are working on the escrow and arbitration system, a core feature for The Block. It will be really interesting to see these decentralized features finished. Escrow and arbitration is always a tricky issue in the blockchain, but we have some solid ideas about how to deal with this challenge, so look forward to that! We will also work on the provider’s integration, importable themes, and an alias system to improve the overall experience for our users.
All this work will be finished toward the end of Q2 2018. At that time, we will release a live app for desktops and web browsers, including escrowing, arbitration, shipping and delivery provider integration, status.im integration, an encrypted chat system, and a fully working filtering system. The Block will also include a variable and safe-low gas cost feature, which will prevent users from having to pay high gas fees. Lastly, there will be a complete GETH and caching node network, which will provide more efficiency to the app.
Although The Block will be functional in the second quarter, it will get the full power from its features during the second half of 2018. In Q3, The Block will finally include a fully working reputation system, more shipping and delivery integration, and we will deliver the apps for iOS and Android. After that, we will start working on the last of the currently planned features, such as storefront shops and bulk inventory uploading, which will allow shopkeepers to create their own storefronts in The Block, easily uploading their inventory with a single click. We will also increase user privacy with TOR integration. We plan to deliver the full package in the last quarter of next year.
After that, we will start working on a fiat payment system, since we believe that a critical step for massive adoption of The Block will be allowing people to pay in regular currencies, avoiding exchanges.
Obviously, this plan can be modified, but we intend to get it done on time, not later than planned. It will depend on our team, and our capacity to hire more developers during the next year. We have raised enough money to finish The Block on schedule, although we know that our community demands it as soon as possible! We will do our best to achieve that, so stay tuned! The Block has just started!