It is not often we can take the time to educate people on some of the core Bitcoin terminologies, but some misconceptions need to be addressed sooner rather than later. The recent issues affecting the Blockchain.info wallet and website are causing many people to believe there is something wrong with the Bitcoin blockchain, although they are two different matters entirely.
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.
Every once in a while, the Bitcoin ecosystem is faced with a major curveball that no one saw coming. One of the most popular Bitcoin wallet solutions, called Hive Wallet is no longer being developed or maintained. To be more precise, there hasn’t been much growth going on over the past year or so, according to the developer. All Hive Wallet users are advised to do, is to move over funds to a different Bitcoin wallet solution, such as Mycelium or Breadwallet.
A large part of the Bitcoin community is relying on blockchain services provided by popular platforms. Regardless of whether they are consumers or developers, blockchain technology is meant to be accessible to anyone, at any time, on any device. Blockchain.info is one of the most popular resources for their API and wallet service, but recent downtime issues have many Bitcoin enthusiasts looking for viable alternatives.
Despite most of the recent Bitcoin news being primarily dominated by BitLicense regulatory woes and tribulations, there is some other news to report as well. Unfortunately, not all of that news is positive, as online Bitcoin wallet provider 37Coins has shut its doors for good. Traditional issues, such as funding and overseas issues, are the alleged causes for this decision.
37Coins: Text Messaging To Transfer Funds Not As Lucrative As Expected
Making a third-party Bitcoin wallet service stand out among all of the other options is not an easy feat these days. Most Bitcoin users will stick to a select circle of preferred applications, whether it is on mobile or on computer. 37Coins had a great solution to tackle this problem head-on though: a hybrid system of text messaging and Bitcoin transfers.
More and more Bitcoin wallet providers are starting to explore the possibilities of launching mobile buy-and-sell functionality within their application. In the case of Bitcoin wallet provider Airbitz, the customer is not necessarily tied to using one specific Bitcoin exchange for buying and selling goods. For the time being, this feature will only be available to US customers, but the company hopes to expand the service on an international scale relatively soon.
Bitcoin wallets for mobile devices are easy to come by these days, due to the vast catalog of available options. And more and more developers and companies are releasing their own mobile Bitcoin wallets on a regular basis. But there are only a handful of truly popular mobile Bitcoin wallets, and AirBitz is one of them. With a recent cash injection worth US$450,000; the future’s looking bright for AirBitz.
Making Bitcoin more usable for the everyday consumer is a difficult hurdle to overcome. Not just because it is hard to get Bitcoin into the hands of people in a convenient way, but also because there are not enough “real life” use cases at this time. BitMD is looking to change that, by allowing clinics to accept Bitcoin payments.
BitMD – POS Terminals, Bitcoin Wallet Software, and Teller Machines
The name BitMD is relatively unknown in the world of Bitcoin and digital currency. However, that may not be the case for much longer, as the company has unveiled their ambitious plans to allow for patient payments in Bitcoin at clinics. In order to do so, BitMD will be combining all of their services to bring over-the-counter Bitcoin payments to medical payments.
The world of Bitcoin and digital currency has been plagued by scams, hacks, and more recently, malware and ransomware. Malicious individuals have managed to create a piece of ransomware which encrypts all of your files, and will only decrypt after paying with Bitcoin. Thankfully, those days are gradually moving behind us. That being said, there is a new piece of malware hitting the streets, which will go after any and all digital currency wallet(s) you have running on your computer.
Popular iOS Game SaruTobi has had a colored history ever since its inception a few years ago. By letting players earn “Bitcoin” while playing the game, there has been quite some controversy surrounding this mobile game. In fact, it had even been pulled from Apple’s App Store not that long ago. Once the game was restored, the SaruTobi developers have been working hard on making necessary changes to the game.
Making Bitcoin more accessible and appealing to the everyday consumer is a difficult task. While there are several reasons for this problem, one of the most obvious ones is the fact that most everyday consumers have no idea what Bitcoin is, let alone why they should care. Many developers are preparing for that “Bitcoin adoption rush” which is destined to take place sooner or later. In order to accommodate those needs, we need plenty of mobile Bitcoin wallets to choose from, such as the CoinSpot Bitcoin Wallet.
Creating a mobile Bitcoin wallet is not an easy feat, as developers are targeting a very wide audience in doing so. Some people are more tech-savvy than others and you also have to account for younger and older users. Easbit, a company specializing in Bitcoin wallet mobile technology, create the first granny-proof wallet. But what is under the hood?
Easbit – Granny-Proof and Functional
Most mobile Bitcoin wallets are developed by companies who want to create a user experience, yet also require those users to remain locked down in a certain ecosystem. It goes without saying this is not in line with the Bitcoin ideology, as digital currency is all about decentralization and giving people the tools they need to access any type of service.
The list of mobile Bitcoin wallets keeps growing on a regular basis, so the time has come to review some more applications that may be of use to our readers. As we have seen over the course of this series, most mobile Bitcoin wallets are focusing on ease-of-use while still keeping security in mind. Let’s see if Bitdash Bitcoin Wallet follow that trend, or offers something unique.
Another mobile Bitcoin wallet has come to my attention as I keep looking for the perfect mobile wallet to suit my needs. BCoiner Bitcoin Wallet has not been updated since December of last year, so it looks like it is not based on the latest release build of the Bitcoin Core client. Keep that in mind before downloading this application.
BCoiner Bitcoin Wallet – No Bells & Whistles
Unlike most mobile Bitcoin wallets, BCoiner is not priding itself on giving you tons of bells and whistles that you may [not] need at all. The developers of this mobile wallet have kept the most important aspects in mind, which are security, ease-of-use and creating a trustworthy environment for both novice and experienced users alike.
Time to take a closer look at yet another mobile Bitcoin wallet. The interesting side of this new wallet, we will be discussing is the fact it is also available for smartwatches, which make Bitcoins even more portable compared to mobile devices. LUXSTACK is not your average mobile Bitcoin wallet, so let’s see what else they have to offer.
LUXSTACK for Bitcoin
Some of our readers may have heard the name LUXSTACK before, as this Japan-based company is focusing a lot of attention on making Bitcoin more portable and accessible to the everyday consumer. And even though their Android wallet has only had between 100 and 500 downloads, that number may increase in the future.
When it comes to finding the ultimate mobile Bitcoin wallet, there are multiple factors you will need to take into account. That being said, there is no reason you couldn’t install multiple mobile Bitcoin wallets to suit your needs, depending on the situation. Keeping that idea in mind, let’s take a look at what Pheeva Bitcoin Wallet can offer us.
Pheeva Bitcoin Wallet – A Simple Hot Wallet
The term “hot wallet” refers to the fact that this Bitcoin wallet is meant for personal usage. Rather than focusing on special features that most everyday consumers will never use, Pheeva has been working hard to create a simple and elegant Bitcoin wallet. After all, the most important aspect – for most people – is the fact they can access and spend their BTC on the go.
So many mobile bitcoin wallets to choose from, and we are still looking at one that will suit my personal needs. Even though some fantastic candidates have been reviewed already, you just never know what the next mobile Bitcoin wallet might bring to the table. Keeping that train of thought in mind, let’s take a look at SpectroCoin Bitcoin Wallet!
SpectroCoin – The All-in-one Bitcoin Solution
Most of our readers have probably never heard of SpectroCoin before, even though we recently did an article on their progress regarding Bitcoin in the Baltic states. But have no fear, as we will quickly recap what this company does and why they think their services can become invaluable to Bitcoin users worldwide.
Time to take a look at some more mobile Bitcoin wallets, wouldn’t you agree? There are still plenty more we have to go through, and today’s pick is ANX Vault – Your Bitcoin wallet. Some of our readers may have heard the name ANX before, but, for those who don’t know their business model, we will explain what they do. Sit back, relax, and read on!
ANX – Bitcoin in Everyday Situations
Making Bitcoin accessible and available to everyday consumers is one thing, but getting them interested in using the digital currency is a different matter entirely. ANX is a company dedicating themselves to change that perspective, as they want to come up with easy and convenient ways to integrate Bitcoin payments into our daily lives.
When it comes to creating the best mobile Bitcoin wallet, it totally depends on the people using your application. Not everyone is looking for the same kind of features, yet we all want a simple and clean interface. Most mobile Bitcoin wallets manage to achieve that, and some of them pack a few different things under the hood as well. With that in mind, let’s see what Coinone Bitcoin Wallet brings to the table!
The quest to find the ultimate mobile Bitcoin wallet is far from over, as there are still plenty of options left to explore. In fact, this series will continue for a few more weeks by the looks of it. Regardless of all that, we will be taking a look at Ninki: The Bitcoin Wallet today. And this mobile Bitcoin wallet packs a ton of security features.