Notably, this comes shortly before the cryptocurrency Constantinople hard fork – a backwards incompatible upgrade – is scheduled to go live. The upgrade to the first and largest blockchain platform for creating smart contract-enabled decentralized applications (dApps) was previously scheduled for last month, but was rescheduled after a vulnerability was detected.

The Constantinople hard fork consists of various Ethereum codebase modifications, specified in several Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs), and is set to be activated later this month.

The set of upgrades associated with Constantinople will reportedly be activated when block number 7,280,000 is mined on the Ethereum blockchain. This should occur sometime during the last week of February (based on the current rate of block production on Ethereum).

The EIPs that composed it includes a better approach to accommodating network scaling solutions, an improvement on how contracts are processed, a more cost-efficient approach to processing information, and a 12-month delay to Ethereum’s so-called difficulty bomb, along with a mining reward reduction from 3 ETH to 2 ETH per block.

Meanwhile, dApp Radar data has shown that 86% of decentralized applications on the Ethereum network had zero users last Saturday, February 9, at a time in which 90% of the dApps in the cryptocurrency ecosystem recorded no transactions.

Despite these developments, there’s still development going on in Ethereum. Opera’s Android browser, has covered, has recently made cryptocurrency purchases easier on its built-in cryptocurrency wallet.