A new version of the Blackcoin Android wallet has been released just a few days ago. While the BC Android wallet is not available on the official Google Play Store, the APK file can be downloaded from the creator’s website. There is also a separate dowloadable APK file in order to get the Blackcoin blockchain installed on your device. Let’s take a quick look.
The very first iteration of the Blackcoin Android wallet was originally released about 6 months ago by Reddit user Janko33. Some hefty requirements were put in place before you could install the wallet however, as users needed at least 1.2 GB of free space. Then again, this was just an alpha version of an adapted Schildbach’s Bitcoin Android Wallet fork, so a lot of things would have to be ironed out over the next few months.
Unfortunately, the first version of the BC Android wallet had some annoying bugs which could cause a forced close of the application, but those have all been fixed in the latest version. The free space requirement has also been reduced drastically, as you now only 600B of free space, which will in turn shrink down to roughly 300MB once the installation has completed.
Do keep in mind this Blackcoin Android wallet is just a hobby project of the developer, and there are no deadlines or time pressure in order to get a new version released. It is heartwarming to see community members putting their coding skills to good use, by creating something many other community members can enjoy as well.
As you would come to expect, there are several Blackcoin community members hope to see an iOS version of the mobile BC wallet in the near future. Janko33 is looking into developing that as well, and he will base his code off the work being done on the HiveWallet. As HiveWallet uses Bitcoinj , and Janko33 has ported Bitcoinj to Blackcoin (called Blackcoinj), an iOS wallet might be coming a lot sooner than one might think.