Android Bitcoin Wallets
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Android Bitcoin Wallets

Got an Android device?  Check out all the bitcoin wallets you can use right from the comfort of your own phone!

Written on: June 17th, 2016 | Author: David M

Wallets in your phone, who ever thought of such a thing! I remember when the pagers first came out - ah, look there, it is my friend Nick! I know it is my friend Nick because he has placed his code, *69 after his number. Then they came out with those flip phones that comfortably fit in your pocket, that was also big. And now, here we are in the year 2016 with encrypted phone wallets from which you may send money to anyone in the world in like 10 minutes, to be stored in their phone.

Android has a longer history of bitcoin wallet integration vis a vis iOS due to their more inclusive nature. iOS actually forbid bitcoin wallets for awhile (no doubt trying to stymie the competition for apple pay, which offers transfers at the low, low price of 4%) during which time much of the development was being done on Android.

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Android accounts for approximately 80% of the mobile phone market, which is due greatly to this more inclusive strategy. The Android operating system is integrated on top of multiple different hardware systems like Samsung and HTC, products that are pretty dominant is certain markets. It is also possible to download apps outside of the google play store, unlike on iOS devices where apple exercises a monopolistic app policy. While this strategy has led to a market dominating position, it has also led to a inferior security situation when compared to Apple; underlying hardware can be entirely different; the iOS can be tweaked depending on the provider; and there are alternative apps easily accessible that are not vetted by Android and thus offer an easier method of delivering malware. While iOS is not immune to malware, Android's fragmented nature complicates security and has led to greater malware risk.

However, Android is still superior to desktop and web wallets in terms of malware protection, as most of us do indeed download our apps from google play, where they are properly vetted. And, like iOS, Android offers end to end encryption, and most wallets encrypt data stored on the phone or sent through the network.

And the convenience, incredible! Click the app, type in your four-digit pin code, and you can send cash to your friends in like, two additional steps - scan your friends QR code/paste her address/select his name from your address book, enter the amount and confirm. Some wallets offer the ability to import your address book and, if any of your friends use the same wallet you can send bitcoin through a phone book interface. Will be a cool feature if ever a single wallet becomes ubiquitous.

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