Thursday , 27 July 2017

Bitcoin friendly apps hit the droid

Wow.  If you are a big fan of bit coin then you will be really excited about this news.  Never heard of bitcoin?  It is a new currency completely on the internet.  Some people think it is better than cash.  Well now you can use it as payments for apps on the andriod platform:

 

More Android apps may soon have built-in support for Bitcoin payments thanks to a new partnership between Coinbase and BitMonet.

The companies have released a software development kit (SDK) that aims to make it easy for Android developers to build apps that process Bitcoin payments.

It could help knock down what some see as one of the biggest hurdles to wider Bitcoin use: the lack of a killer app that makes it easy for everyday folk to use the virtual currency.

With the SDK, Android developers will be able to make apps that accept Bitcoin payments without forcing the user out of the app and into another service. Coinbase and BitMonet envision a range of applications, but greater support for retail transactions with bitcoins is one likely outcome.

Coinbase provides a variety of services around Bitcoin, including a digital wallet and an exchange for buying and selling bitcoins. BitMonet is an open-source platform that lets people accept payment in bitcoins for their blog posts.

As Bitcoin gathers more attention, online merchants like Overstock.com and others have begun to accept the virtual currency as payment.

A developer could build a simple app using the SDK in an hour, said Ankur Nandwani, chief engineering advisor at BitMonet. A more complete implementation could take upwards of a day, he said.

 

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