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“Goodbye Toshi, Hello Coinbase Wallet” — Coinbase Revamps Mobile App

Coinbase has continually shown that it is one of the foremost crypto-centric companies in this nascent industry. And today’s announcement has only cemented this theme, with Coinbase making a move to revamp the popular Toshi mobile wallet to better fit the firm’s unrelenting drive for innovation.

This change comes via a post made on Medium, with Siddharth Coelho-Prabhu, a Toshi (Coinbase by extension) developer, writing, “goodbye Toshi, (and) hello Coinbase Wallet.”

You may be thinking: “That’s great and all, but what does this mean for consumers like you or myself?” Well, with this move, Toshi will become a native member of the Coinbase ecosystem and will be revamped to become even better in a bid to fit the Menlo Park-based firm’s goals and aspirations. As Coinbase Wallet’s Product Lead puts it:

“This is not just a new name, but part of a larger effort to invest in products that will define the future of the decentralized web and make that future accessible to anyone.”

For those who are unaware, the Toshi project was launched just over one year ago and featured the world’s first mobile-focused decentralized application (DApp) browser. Just a few months later, Toshi became the first wallet to support crypto collectibles, such as CryptoKitties and the like. While these moves were appreciated by many, Toshi’s (Coinbase) overarching goal was to facilitate an easy-to-use decentralized ecosystem through a simple app on your mobile phone.

Image Courtesy of Coinbase

Unlike the competition, Toshi, which is now named Coinbase Wallet, allows its users to store their private keys within your device, instead of in a centralized (easily hackable) server. Not only are the funds controlled by the user, but the private keys are secured using a so-called “Secure Enclave” and through biometric authentication methods.

But to Coinbase, this wallet is much more than a place to store your cryptocurrencies, but more of a “home-base for exploring the decentralized web and its possibilities.” Attesting to this fact, the cryptocurrency giant listed the features supported by the application, which are as follows:

  • Manage ETH and all your ERC-20 tokens (very soon we’ll be supporting BTC, BCH, and LTC).
  • Receive airdrops and ICO tokens.
  • Buy and store crypto collectibles — non-fungible tokens that are unique — and use them in games, or trade them on marketplaces.
  • Send payments to anyone anywhere, without geographical borders or fees.
  • Access leading decentralized exchanges and relayers to buy and sell tokens.
  • Explore the full universe of third-party DApps that enable everything from taking out a loan or lending to others on the blockchain to earning crypto by answering questions, performing services, or completing tasks.

Taking these features into account, Coinbase Wallet has quickly become a preferred platform for many cryptocurrency users, including entrepreneurs and companies looking for DApp adoption.

Users expressed their excitement for this move, with one Reddit user going by Brady421 commending Coinbase for making moves in a bear market, writing:

“As much s*** as Coinbase gets they’re really doing the most in the market to make crypto mainstream. Nothing but respect to them over the past few months.”

The closing comments of the aforementioned Medium post echo this sentiment, claiming that this was just one small move in moving towards an “open financial system” through the adoption and real-world use of crypto and DApps.

Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash

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Startup Raises $600K to Build Bitcoin Cash Mobile Wallet

CoinText.io, a blockchain startup developing a way to conduct offline bitcoin cash transactions, just closed a $600,000 seed funding round, the company announced Friday.

Lead by Texas-based Yeoman’s Capital, which has previously invested in Fantom, OpenGarden and tZero, the funding round will be used to develop a mobile wallet which can support bitcoin cash transactions conducted via text messages, without requiring either internet access or wallet addresses, according to a press release. The startup’s CTO, Vin Armani, said the venture capital firm will also provide other forms of support, including advice and guidance, as CoinText works to expand its platform.

He said in a statement:

“We are dedicated to making cryptocurrency easy to use for the maximum number of people. Yeoman’s team brings valuable experience to our mission to deliver useful tools that spread bitcoin adoption far and wide.”

CoinText currently provides services in eight countries, including the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, and South Africa. The company aims to provide 70 percent of the world’s population with access to cryptocurrencies using text messages by the end of 2018, according to the statement.

The startup is one of a growing number of enterprises focusing on instant cryptocurrency transactions. In particular, it joins other startups in trying to find ways of conducting transactions in areas without internet access.

As previously reported by CoinDesk, blockchain startup goTenna developed an intermediary device which can enable mobile phones to conduct offline transactions. Unlike CoinText, goTenna’s solution makes use of a mesh network – a digital infrastructure which allows users to access the internet without wifi or a landline connection.

Wallet image via Shutterstock.

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