Dash has moved development work on the v0.17 from its platform to the testnet phase according to on an announcement released Wednesday. In July, Cointelegraph reported that the Dash Core Group was looking for it release the testnet platform before the end of the year.

As part of the announcement, Dash revealed that the testnet environment is five times larger than Evonet, which is almost exclusively owned by the Dash Core Group. According to Dana Alibrandi, the head of product at Dash:

“This is the largest implementation of Dash Platform and as such this release marks the most important milestone in the realization of Dash’s long-term vision for mainstream adoption.”

Describing in detail the protocol upgrades in the v0.17 update, Dash revealed that it has fixed an infinite credit currency vulnerability. The v0.17 release also includes features to improve full light client support.

With v0.17 now in testnet, Dash says the release of v0.18 is the next item on the agenda. Scheduled for late January or early February, this new upgrade will include more protocol improvements for light clients, as well as improved functionality for iOS and Android apps within the Dash platform.

Dash too announced the release of DashPay for the public alpha phase. DashPay is a social crypto payment wallet with human-readable addresses through the Dash Platform Name Service layer.

While some other crypto companies human readable usernames for transactions Within a closed wallet ecosystem, Dash has previously claimed that its service is proprietary to the blockchain itself.

Other features also include contact lists and avatars that the company says will improve payment convenience. The full public launch of the social payments wallet is scheduled for later in 2021.