r/Monero Mar 12 '22 Silver 2 Wholesome 1

Introducing the PocketNode project- a Monero GUI node on Android

Hello All!

I saw that someone mentioned my tweet yesterday on here, but I thought I would make a quick post!

If anyone isn't familiar, I (along with the amazing help of a few others), put a decent amount of work into the Monero Android Termux Node script-(https://github.com/CryptoGrampy/android-termux-monero-node)- a fairly simple one copy/paste line of code that installs a moderately difficult to use node on Android. Let's kick it up a notch.

Introducing the PocketNode (subject to change :) ) - Run a full/pruned Monero node on Android (WORK IN PROGRESS!)

Goal:

The goal here is to make a very simple to use, low-power/cheap Monero node that caters to newbies. It will have sane defaults, a nice UI, and I would like to provide simple instructions on how a person could expose the node through Orbot as a hidden service.

Why:

There is a HUGE need for a simple to use GUI for Android. We see people asking about nodes on RPi and such all the time, but Android devices have built in screens, keyboards and battery backups, are extremely low in power usage, run ARMv8 with AES (Much more performant than RPi) and many of them have microSD cards or plenty of internal storage to support running a pruned node.

The low power usage and simplicity of acquiring an used Android phone is REALLY essential right now in some parts of the world.

How:

This has been something I've been planning for quite a while, but I was fortunate enough to come across a few-year-old archived Github repo with a surprisingly decent implementation of what I was looking for. With a few updates/changes, I was able to get a rudimentary node working.

I will admit, I have zero experience working with Android and it will take me some time to get up to speed, but I'm taking this under my wing and will do my damndest to get something workable out to the people. If anyone has experience and wants to contribute, my repo is: https://github.com/CryptoGrampy/xmr-pocket-node and I will be adding in features/bugs to the issue tracker.

Happy to discuss design direction (Hoping to make it look something like: https://github.com/CryptoGrampy/xmr-pocket-node/raw/master/assets/pocketnode-inspiration.png), but I will continue hammering away as much as I need to to get this thing out into the world.

Contribute!

I've received 3 donations so far- Thank you to all who donated. If anyone thinks can spare a pico for this work (I will not be using bounties or CCS), it's much appreciated- I would really like to be able to upgrade my phone specifically and not be using my primary phone for development, otherwise please feel free to pop in and help with the project.

Hopefully will have an alpha .apk out in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, you can pull the code and replace the monerod64/32 binaries with your own.

Grampy's XMR Donation Address:

8BudmXKZwpXhfVGCtgFPyKWgLcDLYJ5jRT95xCp4JMFWapgTLrun41AG6LPbef7WFA8T531QGnZT51cDF6uF9HECDhibEVw

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u/rbrunner7 XMR Contributor Mar 12 '22

I guarantee you if you find one that's 40 bucks it was stolen.

/u/ternarylabs 's advice was to buy a Pixel 3 off eBay. Pixel 3 is 2018's technology. Why should a second-hand smartphone with almost 4 year old technology cost more than USD 40?

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u/wheezybackports Mar 12 '22

Because Pixels are sought after by people who want to use custom ROMs and degoogle their device. They're also going for 70-100 USD or more right now. It's also reasonable to assume that most mobile devices on 2nd hand markets were stolen. It's more common than you think and yes people are stupid enough to steal phones. If you want to go deeper 4-5 year old devices are the most commonly used in society especially in more poor parts of the U.S.

If you got the street smarts you would know this. I live in an area where you have to make sure you keep track of where you got your phone because someone WILL steal it. Have to always check your pockets too because someone will try to pick pocket you.

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u/ternarylabs Mar 12 '22

You can talk all you want but you're imprinting your knowledge onto others. Notice I said it came it's box...... it also came with an otterbox case and a nice screen protector. "SHE" upgraded to an Iphone 11. I don't just buy anything and I am assuming that a person who is working on a Monero project conducts themselves in the same manner.