The Polkadot team announced via Twitter on Wednesday that v0.9.19 has been enacted on Polkadot. Polkadot said the upgrade included a batch call upgrading Polkadot’s runtime to enable parachain-to-parachain messaging over the Cross-Consensus Message (XCM) and upgrading Statemint to include minting assets (like NFTs) and teleports. The XCM format on Polkadot means the network’s objective to be a fully interoperable multichain ecosystem has been fulfilled, the team added. This is because XCM allows communication not just between the parachains themselves, but also smart contracts, dApps, and Substrate pallets. Polkadot’s Statemint was also upgraded, allowing users to mint assets (like NFTs), and teleport DOT with the Relay Chain.
Polkadot facilitates cross-chain communication and interoperability by connecting multiple blockchains into one unified network. DOT, the native token of Polkadot, is up by 7% so far today and is trading at $16.13 at press time.