All eyes are on\u00a0Ethereum\u00a0and\u00a0Bitcoin. In the meantime,\u00a0Stellar Lumens (XLM)\u00a0adds value to its price with the announcement of the new protocol.\r\n\r\nWhile people are busy thinking about their next moves about Bitcoin, Stellar hiked\u00a060%\u00a0in price. During the\u00a024 hours, Stellar more than doubled the price. It passed the\u00a0$0.20\u00a0level for the first time since November 2018.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe surge in price followed the announcement of the\u00a0Protocol 15 Upgrade. According to the official website, they announced the upgrade on\u00a023 November. Protocol 15 includes new features, which are the\u00a0Claimable Balances\u00a0and\u00a0Sponsored Reserves. New features will make it easier to build user-friendly apps on Stellar. Due to the test results, both services worked accurately. As it is with other platforms, protocol changes are done with the voting process of nodes. Following the successful release of the protocol, the price of Stellar doubled.\r\n\r\nAdditional to the new protocol release, Stellar announced partnership news with the community. The partner company is the East-African b2b payment platform called\u00a0ClickPesa. With the partnership, they want to make cost-effective cross border payments and help the companies in East Africa and beyond to benefit from the services. In East Africa, banks are out of reach and expensive for many people. Co-founders of ClickPesa thought that their visions were similar about the creation of simple and accessible transaction after participating in the seminar in Johannesburg.\u00a0\r\nAbout Stellar\r\nStellar is a platform which allows payment and storage solution for users. Jed McCaleb and lawyer Joyce Kim founded Stellar after leaving\u00a0Ripple\u00a0in 2013. Jed McCaleb commented that he wanted the platform in which they can use fiat currencies at the same time with cryptocurrencies. The native token of Stellar is called a lumen. Stellar has a unique feature that the transaction fee is stable, and it is 0.00001 XLM. Overall 100 million XLM have been issued by Stellar, and currently, there are 20.7 billion in circulation.