Good question! While the two apps have some similarities, you'll find they're quite different fundamentally, both in their uses and the way that they work.
COIN is a gamified geomining utility which helps make XYO fun, rewarding, and accessible, while XYO Network App is a practical utility which allows everyone to use XYO's many features. Both apps are essential and integral in helping XYO work and grow.
What they have in common:
Both apps are software products created by XY for the purpose of interacting with XYO. Each one makes use of XYO Tokens, the Ethereum-based ERC20 tokens used to power XYO Network transactions. Both apps encourage and allow people to interact with XYO, and both apps can detect nearby XY Sentinels.
COIN is a gamified utility used for geomining XYO Tokens. Like a lot of popular mobile games, it's location-based to encourage exploration, but COIN also serves a practical purpose. It allows users to interact with nearby XY Sentinels to collect XYO Tokens, which can be traded or used for XYO transactions. This is a fun and rewarding way to encourage users to interact with XY Sentinels and helps expand XYO's number of edge nodes.
The first version of COIN does not interact with a Bridge, act as a Bridge, or turn your mobile device into a Bridge. Future versions of COIN will interact with Bridges in addition to Sentinels and incentivize interaction with a Bridge. (Stay tuned!)
As XYO expands and new advances become available, COIN will receive additional features, but it will retain its gamelike user interface and XYO Token rewards, helping make XYO fun and accessible so it will grow.
XYO Network App:
The XYO Network App is a utility that allows the user's smartphone or tablet computer to become a Bridge or Sentinel (it can switch between these two modes), produce Bound Witness data, provide heuristic data for XYO Network users, display Origin Chain information, and several other XYO functions needed to use XYO.
This app is currently in the beta testing phase before a full release is rolled out, but some of the most important features of XYO will be built into our namesake app in future versions. Notably, the ability to keep track of the XYO Tokens you've collected by providing heuristic data.
This is the app that will help XYO work and will be the interface for the killer tech we've been telling you about. While more utility than game, the more features we build into XYO, the more useful it will become.
It does have a lighter side, though...
You can download the beta version of the XYO Network App for Android. Expansion is slated for Q1, 2019, along with an iOS version of the app.
Thanks for getting involved in XYO! If you have any questions, please let us know by dropping a comment below or sending us a message.