There is a very fond space in my mind reserved for the Enjin wallet. Back when blockchain gaming was almost entirely underground and had fewer games than a 96-year-old’s phone, there were a number of problems facing the seed of a future industry beyond its lack of exposure and content.
If you think onboarding can be rough now, let me take you back to pre-2022 when it was an utter nightmare at times. There was one clear gap that bothered me and it seemed truly essential, long-term: a mobile app wallet. I’ve spoken on the podcast before about a vague dream I have for the future where kids are in playgrounds sharing their latest NFTs on their phones as I did with Pokemon cards as a child. It takes the smallest skip of imagination to envision this; if Fortnite added NFT skins it would happen quickly, or instantly if they happened to be on Efinity or Polkadot.
Well, Enjin wallet app was so far ahead of its time it really ought to receive more plaudits and now I’m pleased to see it’s about to get its first major version update. As far as mobile app NFT wallets go, I still consider it best in class.
What Is Enjin Wallet?
Enjin wallet is an app on Apple and Android where you can link and manage wallets, exchange, hold, or send over 100 cryptocurrencies, collect and trade NFTs, use in-app dapps, claim free NFTs with QR codes, and more. It is secure, allows hardware wallet tracking, and 12-word backup words. The design is simple, the interface is clean, and the usability is straightforward. It’s a masterclass in app design. Enjin Wallet 2.0 aims to build on these foundations.
Now, since Enjin wallet’s initial release, there have been numerous changes to Enjin’s ecosystem. First, there was JumpNet, and now there is the Polkadot parachain, Efinity (which I explain the importance of here.)
This is where Enjin Wallet 2.0 comes in, currently in internal beta testing, scheduled for public release this quarter. I will simply quote the flagship features of the first major update:
- DeFi trading
- Cross-chain bidding
- Staking rewards
- Polkadot and Kusama ready
- New chains and NFT support
There are a few chains I would like to see added, but it’s a great mobile wallet, particularly for NFTs, and one of the closest apps to the holy grail of being the mobile app of choice for crypto and NFTs.
One of the only downfalls of the Enjin wallet — asides from not including all major chains, particularly chains with lots of NFTs, which I suspect is a rivalry issue, sadly — is the Apple app version. This is not Enjin’s fault whatsoever, in fact, we encountered weeks of Apple gatekeeping with our app as they’re incredibly strict with anything pertaining to crypto. However, as a result of restrictions Apple has enforced, the Apple version of Enjin’s wallet has less functionality than the Android version. The most notable difference for me is the removal of the Dapp browser module which I used to visit Bancor and stake. It’s not game-breaking, but it’s annoying and I’d love to have it back.