The first major update to the Daedalus Shelley wallet introduces two new features: ITN rewards redemption, and spendable rewards when making ada transactions. This update also resolves issues related to stake pool search performance and missing stake pools. The previous update resolved a related issue of missing stake pools.
ITN rewards redemption
The “Redeem Incentivized Testnet rewards” feature allows the redemption of ITN rewards to a Shelley wallet. This action requires both the wallet recovery phrase (from the Daedalus Rewards wallet that contains the rewards) and a Shelley wallet with enough funds to pay the transaction fees.
Rewards included in the wallet balance are now spendable when making ada transactions. Rewards expenditure happens automatically when transactions occur, and is completely transparent for the user. Transaction details now include a ‘From rewards’ section when a transaction used ada that was earned as rewards.
Stake pool search performance
With an increasing number of stake pools on the Cardano mainnet, the stake pool search feature started showing performance issues due to complex animations. This issue was resolved by removing the animations.
Missing stake pools #2
Some pools were still not being displayed in Daedalus, even after the fix for missing stake pools from the previous release. We discovered that some stake pools use the newer TLS encryption standard (HTTPS) for metadata servers than the one supported by Daedalus. This issue is now resolved.
Connecting to network performance issue
Shortly after the Shelley upgrade, Daedalus took longer to verify the blockchain and connect to the Cardano network on startup. This issue is being addressed by optimization work for Cardano Node performance, and will be resolved in upcoming updates.
Random stake pool ranking
Stake pool ranking is currently randomized to avoid unfairly favoring certain pools over others, while historic data is not available. This issue will be resolved in an upcoming Daedalus release once historical data becomes available.