Fluence Labs recently cited poor user uptake as the prime problem faced by developers in a new survey. The survey was released on January 29.
According to listing resource DappRadar, The dApp industry, which began using the Ethereum blockchain in 2017, has since grown to number around 1,800 products, Fluence notes that of the 900 projects they found that had contacts available, 160 projects filled out their survey.
EOS and TRON have risen to compete with Ethereum as host blockchains, the latter nonetheless still being home to 87 percent of DApps,
“New user onboarding was mentioned by more than three quarters of the respondents as the major obstacle to adoption,”
Fluence reports this as one of the survey’s key results.
Reducing Appetite among Non-Technical Users
Last year saw the top five DApps by value which included projects that were open scams. The trend has since appeared to change, but overall appetite among non-technical users for DApps appears hard to locate, the survey mentioned
“One of the common beliefs in the blockchain ecosystem is that scalability is the first and major hurdle that any blockchain-based application will face,”
Fluence summarized, noting:
“On the contrary, DApp developers responded that their biggest current pain points were ‘limited number of users’ (67%) and ‘poor user experience’ (44%).”
When recording comments from DApp projects, Fluence also found a problem with a lack of understanding of the distinctions between crypto and DApps. Quoting popular DApp CryptoKitties, the survey reported:
“One thing we hadn’t anticipated was that we would need to be] helping people understand that CryptoKitties are not a cryptocurrency.”
The DApp with the most users was PRA CandyBox, a tool for distributing other tokens on the EOS network.