Former Bitcoin Core lead developer Gavin Andresen has clarified comments he made comparing growth in the Bitcoin and Ethereum networks.
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In a tweet on September 25, Andresen said:
Ethereum has more nodes today than Bitcoin. Prediction: it’s lead will grow even as its blockchain size exceeds bitcoin’s.
— Gavin Andresen (@gavinandresen) September 25, 2016
Many interpreted this statement as a prediction Ethereum would replace Bitcoin as the world’s preeminent cryptocurrency. But that’s not the case.
Ethereum Shows Large Blockchains Can Stay Decentralized
Speaking to Bitcoin.com, Andresen clarified his comment further, saying Ethereum is an example of how a more flexible protocol can remain decentralized.
A major argument against increasing the Bitcoin transaction block size is the risk of network centralization. Larger blocks would require more bandwidth and storage space, causing