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Ethereum 2.0 is one of the most-anticipated upgrades in crypto presently. The upgrade which will bring better scalability and cheaper prices to the network is nothing short of needed given that demand has driven these two things to its brink on the network. This is why Ethereum developers have been hard at work for two years trying to usher in this new era.
However, it seems that the name ETH 2.0 is no longer doing justice to the upgrades being performed on the network. In a recent announcement, Ethereum Foundation announced that it is retiring the name ETH 2.0 in favor of something that better describes the work being done on the network.
ETH 2.0 Is Now Consensus Layer
In a blog post on its official website, the Ethereum Foundation announced its decision to change the name of the upcoming upgrade from ETH 2.0 to the “Consensus layer”. The post explains that the reason for this was the need for terminology that clearly embodies the changes that were being made to the network.
ETH 2.0 had worked while at the beginning when the goal was simply to move users from the present proof of work chain, also known as ETH 1.0, to the new proof of stake mechanism. The goal has changed drastically since then.
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For the total completion of the upgrade, developers had discovered that it would take several years to complete. Additionally, the upgrade had evolved at various points to make changes focused on the long-term rather than just moving to the proof of stake mechanism.
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The new terminology provides a better understanding of what is being done on the network. This way, users are no longer confused when it comes to distinguishing between the two. This would greatly reduce scams that take advantage of the confusion generated by the terminology by asking them to swap their ETH for ‘ETH2’. It would also clear up the confusion that arises with staking, where stakers might believe they might be getting ‘ETH2’ tokens and not ETH tokens.
How Is Ethereum Price Affected?
The announcement of the new terminology has had no bearing on the value of the altcoin in the market. Ethereum which had suffered greatly in the crash, losing about 40% of its value, has trended upward in the last day. However, the change in value remains insignificant as ETH is still a long way away from hitting the $3,000 point. Prompting users to speculate that the bear market is here.
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As for ETH 2.0, now known as the “Consensus layer”, it is still unknown if the scheduled merge will actually take place this year. The project has so far been rocked by delays as devs encounter new issues. But for now, the upgrade remains on track.
As per the announcement, the ethereum base layer, also known as ETH1, will now be called the execution layer. While ETH 2.0 will be referred to as the consensus layer. Both of these layers combined are what make up the Ethereum blockchain.
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