Polygon Labs has introduced smart contracts for its forthcoming cryptocurrency, POL, on the Ethereum mainnet.
Polygon Labs has reached a significant milestone by deploying contracts for its new cryptocurrency, POL, on the Ethereum mainnet. This comes after a successful testnet deployment, showcasing Polygon’s dedication to innovation.
In September, the Polygon community approved several Improvement Proposals, including PIP-17 and PIP-19. These proposals outlined the transition from MATIC to POL and were aligned with the architecture of the eagerly awaited Polygon 2.0 upgrade. POL, designed to replace MATIC, seamlessly integrates with the advanced features of Polygon 2.0, setting the stage for the next phase in Polygon’s development.
The POL token upgrade is now live on Ethereum mainnet.
Polygon 2.0, released this summer, is a roadmap for scaling Ethereum to build the Value Layer of the Internet. POL unlocks that future.
POL is a next-generation token that can power a vast ecosystem of ZK-based L2 chains.… pic.twitter.com/gmrsu0ZqLz
— Polygon (Labs) (@0xPolygonLabs) October 25, 2023
Matic and Pol
The key differences between MATIC and POL are in their intended functions. MATIC has been the foundational cryptocurrency in the Polygon ecosystem, while POL aims to take things to the next level. POL will not only be the primary cryptocurrency for Polygon 2.0 but will also support a wide network of zero-knowledge-based Layer 2 chains.
A standout feature of POL is its native re-staking protocol. This protocol empowers POL holders to validate multiple chains and take on various roles on each chain, increasing its usefulness in the ecosystem. In Polygon Labs’ words, “POL, a next-generation, high-efficiency token, will power a broad ecosystem of zero-knowledge-based Layer 2 chains. Its native re-staking protocol gives POL holders the flexibility to validate on numerous chains and assume diverse roles on each.”
It’s important to note that POL won’t immediately replace MATIC. Such a significant transition requires governance approval and will coincide with the launch of Polygon 2.0. As the upgrade draws near, there are several crucial steps to be taken. These include introducing a new staking layer for Polygon’s Layer 2 chains, transitioning from Polygon’s proof-of-stake to zkRollup, and implementing a zk-based interoperability and shared liquidity protocol for all Layer 2s, as outlined by Polygon Labs. This roadmap sets the stage for an exciting new chapter in Polygon’s journey.
Important: Please note that this article is only meant to provide information and should not be taken as legal, tax, investment, financial, or any other type of advice.
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