Crypto News– Advocate for Ethereum account abstraction, John Rising has shared discouraging statistics indicating suboptimal adoption of the ERC-4337 standard. In a post on X (formerly Twitter) on November 14, Rising presented data revealing a decline in users, low transaction activity, and unfavorable operational costs for core infrastructure providers associated with ERC-4337-enabled smart accounts.
ERC 4337 Smart Accounts See Low User Engagement, Recent Data Reveals
Launched through an unexpected announcement on March 1 at WalletCon in Denver, the ERC-4337 standard initially sparked optimism for the widespread adoption of “smart accounts.” This technology allows users to bypass the use of seed phrases and signing for specific transactions, potentially enhancing the user experience on Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)-compatible blockchains.
Drawing on data from the account abstraction platform BundleBear, Rising pointed out that monthly account retention had been notably poor, with only 6.89% of the initial smart accounts persisting for more than six months. Rising also emphasized that bundlers, essential infrastructure components enabling the functionality of smart accounts on EVM-compatible chains, were largely unprofitable, even with some projects accidentally overpaying in gas to the bundlers.
Furthermore, the average smart account was found to have executed only five user operations, reflecting limited user engagement with the technology. The presented data underscores the challenges and shortcomings faced by ERC-4337-enabled smart accounts in gaining widespread traction within the Ethereum ecosystem.