Let’s take a look at three mobile wallets that have made the news this week.
Blockchain.info: Web-based wallet provider Blockchain.info’s mobile wallet has long seemed like an afterthought for the company, but their recently updated version adds a few powerful new features that could bring it into the spotlight. The updated app now includes double encryption, two-factor authentication, a “P2P” mode for offline transfers, a bitcoin-merchant map, and a social-media enabled address book to make sending bitcoin to specific addresses as easy as possible. Users without bitcoin addresses can even be sent BTC redemption codes via email.
Hive: Hive’s Android wallet is already one of the most user-friendly on the market, but their newly updated version includes support for sweeping paper wallets. While that may sound like a minor feature, it’s actually a somewhat complicated procedure to implement on a mobile platform, as it usually requires access to external dependencies and a full Bitcoin Core node. Hive has found a clever way around this issue, allowing new users who acquire their bitcoin from, say, a printed QR code from a bitcoin ATM, to have the best available security.
Chain: This iOS wallet is still in the works, but it does have one new killer feature to set it apart from the crowd. Chain uses Apple’s forthcoming iOS 8’s fingerprint-reading feature to create an extremely secure wallet system. Though currently a proof-of-concept demo, the system holds a huge amount of promise for security-minded iOS users. The code is open source, meaning that many iOS wallets may be adopting variations of this system in coming updates.