Obvious launches a Smart contract wallet on Ethereum, that enables users to pay gas fees in a token of their choice with its intuitive mobile app, solving a major pain point for blockchain users
- Obvious recently launched an EIP-4337-based Smart contract wallet on the Ethereum ecosystem powered by Biconomy Account Abstraction Stack.
- With the Obvious Smart wallet, users can pay gas fees using any (ERC-20) token of their choice, and approve & sign transactions in a single click.
- Obvious Smart wallet is a Smart contract wallet that is based on a Smart contract instead of public and private key pairs like the old EOA wallets. This provides more customizations for wallet users.
BENGALURU, India, Aug. 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Obvious, a mobile-based, multichain smart contract wallet is pleased to announce the launch of an Account Abstraction-based Smart Contract wallet powered by Biconomy Account Abstraction Stack. Smart contract wallets are blockchain wallets that use the functionalities of Smart contracts on the blockchain.
Traditional wallets or EOA wallets use private keys, allowing users to access and manage their funds. In contrast, smart contract wallets add an additional layer of functionality by integrating programmable logic. This logic allows for the automation of transactions, the implementation of customized rules, and the facilitation of complex financial interactions.
Obvious is one of the first wallets to use the new technology made possible by EIP-4337 and bring a smart contract wallet to multiple chains on the Ethereum ecosystem. Since the launch of its wallet in May, more than 10,000 wallets have been created on the Obvious app.
What is EIP-4337 and its significance?
EIP-4337 is an improvement proposal passed by the Ethereum community that enables the benefits of Account Abstraction without changing the consensus layer. This enables anyone to create contract accounts on Ethereum.
Accounts created using Account Abstraction are called smart Contract wallets. They provide greater security and flexibility to users as they are based on a smart contract rather than a private key and are made possible by the ERC-4337 protocol. This provides enhanced security and customizations, as the risk of private key exposure reduces.
With its new smart contract wallet, Obvious has enabled ‘Pay Any’ as a core feature. This enables users to pay blockchain transaction fees known as ‘gas fees’ in a token of their choice. This eliminates the inconvenience faced by many users when transacting on crypto wallets as transactions often get blocked due to insufficient balance of tokens needed to complete the transaction.
Obvious is committing to several consumer focussed features for its smart contract roadmap in 2023. Pradeep BV, CPO and Co-founder of Obvious said, “Smart contract wallets bring us close to modern bank accounts, in fact, a step ahead. The ability to customize the wallet based on user needs is really exciting. Some of the features that are expected to be released include setting spending limits, 2FA on transactions, the ability to batch transactions, and support for more chains in the EVM ecosystem.“
Himanshu Retarekar, CEO and Co-founder of Obvious added, “At Obvious we are committed to bringing the best user experience for everyone on the blockchain. Account Abstraction has the potential to massively simplify the user experience for people in crypto and blockchain and help onboard millions to the ecosystem. We are excited to be one of the first ones to power this movement, especially on mobile. We are just getting started, and there is a lot more to come from Obvious in the future.Biconomy has been a really great partner for us in this endeavor. “
Obvious is a mobile-based self-custody wallet that brings together assets across EVM & non-EVM chains and powers your cross-chain transactions by providing you safe, fast, and affordable bridging & swapping routes within the app. Obvious Wallet is one of the best apps out there for your multi-chain experience with its exceptional user experience and a wide variety of features in its mobile app. Obvious is mobile-first and is designed for experiencing crypto on the go. Launched in January 2023 by a team of ex Yahoo, Flipkart, Ola, Swiggy, Grab executives, Obvious (https://obvious.technology) is available to users worldwide on the app store and play store and has users from 100+ countries, using the Obvious app for their wallet needs.
About the executive team:
Himanshu Retarekar | Co-founder, CEO | email@example.com
Himanshu is a serial entrepreneur, with 14+ years of Engineering experience leading engineering teams at the top startups across India. His last stint was as VP of Engineering at Freight Tiger. Prior to that, he was the Director of Engineering at Ola for consumer apps. He has had multiple entrepreneurial stints and sold his last startup to Ola.
Ex – Freight Tiger, Olacabs, Citrix
https://twitter.com/hretarekar | https://www.linkedin.com/in/hretarekar/
Jebu Ittiachen | Co-founder, CTO | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jebu leads all things tech at Obvious. He has been a serial tech entrepreneur and has 25+ years of experience in tech. He has worked at major tech companies in various roles. He was also the Architect at Ola cabs and Chief Architect at Freight tiger before starting Obvious. He has substantial experience in the crypto space and understands blockchain at a fundamental level.
Ex – Freight Tiger, Olacabs, Yahoo, Infosys
https://twitter.com/jebui | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jebuittiachen/
Pradeep Banavara | Co-founder, CPO | email@example.com
Pradeep leads all things product and community at Obvious. He has been a serial entrepreneur and has 20+ years of experience in product, strategy & growth. Pradeep has led product teams at top startups across India and South East Asia, most recently at Swiggy. He has also started up multiple ventures and has a deep understanding of building consumer apps for billions of people.
Ex – Swiggy, Grab, Olacabs, Flipkart, Yahoo
https://twitter.com/pradeepbv | https://www.linkedin.com/in/pradeepbv/
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