Hi everyone! We’ll be deploying an update to the Alfajores Testnet Thursday 8/15/19 starting at 9.30am PDT. We will be taking the testnet down and bringing up new validators. Alfajores will be unavailable for around 2 hrs.
All accounts and balances will be cleared, and any deployed smart contracts will be lost and will need to be redeployed. Follow the instructions again to get funds to try out the Testnet.
This release contains a ton of exciting features and fixes – we’ll be sharing more details shortly. One major change is adopting BLS signatures for validators. This reduces the size of block headers and makes syncing faster. However since this changes the format of core protocol data structures, it is not backwards compatible.
Alongside the Testnet reset, we will be releasing a new version of the Celo Wallet app. If you do not have automatic app updates enabled, you will need to update manually from the Play Store. You will also need to clear the app data. Prior versions of the app will be incompatible with the updated Testnet.
We appreciate your time as we continue developing Celo. If you encounter any issues, please let us know! We welcome all suggestions and feedback on the project, code and documentation.