Multiple companies are focusing their efforts on bringing mobile Bitcoin payments to the masses. Not only established developers but also aspiring Bitcoin enthusiasts are putting their time into creating these solutions. Bitholla is a direct result of this desire to make Bitcoin a global form of currency, especially now that mobile payments are on the rise.
Bitholla – Simplifying Mobile Bitcoin Payments
Even though people have been able to make Bitcoin payments via mobile devices for many years now, the whole process is still a bit clunky,, especially for novice users. Scanning QR codes from one device to another device is subject to lighting issues, bad camera resolutions and, in all honesty, it’s a time-consuming process.
Various developers around the world are looking to tackle this issue and Bitholla is the first of, possibly, many applications to be released with the goal of simplifying Bitcoin payments. After seven months of intensive developments, the team is finally ready to show the world what their application can do.
What sets Bitholla apart from other mobile wallet solutions is how the app uses a local list ordered by proximity, unifying the user profile and Bitcoin wallet address. Paying people on the spot becomes a lot easier this way, rather than scanning a QR code or remembering a lengthy wallet address.
The list of current features is quite impressive with Bitholla packing unique tools, such as the ability to chat to anyone in proximity through the wallet, and finding meetups on the integrated map. Additionally, this map also displays locations to spend Bitcoin and nearby Bitcoin ATM’s so you can stock up on some additional cryptocurrency.
Bitholla users will be able to customize their wallet and even add a profile picture, making them easier to recognize when they appear on someone else’s map. This will be an especially helpful feature when dealing with peer-to-peer interactions. Plus, it also reinforces the aspect of chatting with other Bitcoin users.
Last but not least, Bitholla gives users the option of splitting bill payments with Bitcoin. For example, when you go out with a group of friends for food and drinks, one person can pick up the tab and use their Bitholla app to let the rest pay back their share. A very convenient feature that plenty of Bitcoin users have been looking for over the years.
Similarities to Other Wallets, With Improvements
People who have been involved in the mobile Bitcoin ecosystem for any length of time now may have noticed how several of Bitholla’s features can be found in Airbitz as well, especially the part of integrating a map to find other Bitcoin users near you. This is a spin on the feature embedded within the wallet and is a nice addition.
We can only hope to see more mobile Bitcoin wallets take this approach to optimizing wallet solutions for users around the world. Most users are not interested in fancy features, preferring simplicity and convenience above all else. It will be interesting to see which features will be added to Bitholla over time.
Bitholla is currently only available for Android users and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
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