The long awaited updated BitBay client has been released today, and it comes packed with interesting features. While most cryptocurrency wallets out there offer a lot of different things, the new BAY client includes multi-signature support and Halo integration. Oh, and the new BitBay website went live as well. So much news, so let’s get to it!
BitBay Client Update
As we mentioned in our previous BitBay article, a client update would be released over the course of this weekend. A few hours ago, the update was released to the public through a BitcoinTalk post. THere was some confusion as the domain hosting the wallet also appeared to be a new BitBay website, but more on that in a little bit.
On to the new features then! There is something that caught my attention immediately, as soon as you open up the new BitBay client. On the right hand side, you will see a text box saying “Learn more about Halo”, with a “Video Library” button below it. Personally, I think it’s quite nifty how the team added this to the new client, as I’m sure lots of people will still have to get acquainted with Halo. (Note : clicking the button does absolutely nothing for me as of right now, but that might be because my client is still syncing.)
Speaking of the main client window, at the bottom in the middle you will see a section called “Smart Contracts”. In this part of the client, you will be able to keep track of your smart contracts once they have been completed (successfully or unsuccessfully).
As you may have guessed from the above paragraph, it is indeed possible to create smart contracts from the BitBay client. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, smart contracts can be created with just a few clicks, and will show up in the “Market” section of your client.
There is also a Chat tab to be found on the left hand side of your BitBay client. Unfortunately, this feature is not working as of this writing. All I get is a blank page and some text advertisements on the bottom, but I’m sure this will be fixed soon.
Last but not least, the new BAY client also feature a Contacts tab, where you can add contacts through an easy-to-use interface. In order to create a new contact, simply enter a username and their BitMessage and/or BitBay address, an email address (optional) , and you are all done.
New BitBay Website
As I mentioned just before, the new BitBay website is live right now. When the new client download link was posted on BitcoinTalk, it pointed to TheBitBay.net, instead of TheBitBay.org where the previous client could be downloaded from.
It turns out TheBitBay.net is the new BitBay website, and it looks pretty near if you ask me. The design is made up of a nice theme, showing a major city in the background. Other than that, it looks similar to most altcoin websites out there, but more updates are to come in the near future.