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Open source mobile wallet using bitcoin coming soon to Windows Phone

BitPay will soon be launching a new platform that will available for free from Microsoft’s app store.

BitPay has now launched an open source, multi-signature bitcoin mobile wallet platform called Copay, which can be obtained through the Windows Phone app store, says a press release from that company.

The platform is available now and can be downloaded from that app store for free.

The Copay mobile wallet app is an open source project that was headed by BitPay, which is best known as a bitcoin processing payment processor for Microsoft. The application was first launched last week in Las Vegas at the massive CES technology show. Copay has been a project that has been a focus of BitPay since early last year. Since that time, it has been designing and creating the platform for its own corporate use. The software was originally developed for the purpose of offering an open source base on which highly secure bitcoin payment services could be constructed.

This mobile wallet software platform was used for transactions that need several authorization levels.

Windows Phone - Mobile WalletFor that reason, it worked very well when it came to the concept of corporate fund management. According to the CEO of BitPay, Stephen Pair, “This is one of our contributions to the Bitcoin technology.” He also added that the support from Microsoft has made it possible for the company to be able to “make our code available to a new group of developers and companies. We look forward to seeing how Copay evolves.”

At the moment, BitPay is hoping that developers will take a good look at its software and leave reviews for it. The company is also encouraging those developers to use that software and build on it so that they will be able to release commercial services and products such as solid mobile wallets, that are created on a foundation of Copay. This, according to the announcement of the release of this software and of its open availability.

Bitcoin as a currency has seen a rocky road, as have mobile payments, so it will be interesting where this new direction takes them.

BitPay developing new mobile payments app based on NFC technology

Bitcoin continues to gain momentum in the retail space

One of the most powerful trends to emerge in the retail space recently is making the purchase process more convenient for shoppers. A growing number of retailers are beginning to embrace mobile commerce, hoping to streamline the checkout process and make it possible for consumers to get into a physical store and complete their shopping faster than ever before. As mobile shopping grows in popularity, so too is digital currency, such as Bitcoin. This currency is seen as massively convenient , which could make it a powerful mobile commerce tool.

BitPay teams with SumUp to develop new mobile app

BitPay, one of the leading Bitcoin payment processors, is working to make paying with Bitcoin more simpler than it already is. The organization wants to see Bitcoin become more convenient for consumers, but also more attractive for merchants interested in the digital space. In order to do so, BitPay has partnered with SumUp, a developer of point-of-sale systems that accept Bitcoin payments as well as payments made with conventional currencies. Together, the two organizations are developing a new mobile application that will help merchants better connect with consumers.

Demand for Bitcoin payment services is on the rise

bitcoin mobile paymentsBitcoin is gaining more attention in the mobile commerce space because of its high value and versatility. While the digital currency is somewhat volatile due to the lack of regulation policing it, consumers have shown significant interest in using this currency to purchase products online. Bitcoin has been moving into the physical world at a rapid pace as well, with a growing number of merchants accepting this currency in their stores. The demand for payment solutions that accept Bitcoin payments has grown significantly as a result.

New app will leverage NFC technology rather than QR codes

The new app being developed by BitPay and SumUp will be based on NFC technology. For years, Bitcoin payments were largely handled through the use of QR codes. These codes have to be scanned with a mobile device in order to initiate a transaction. Using NFC technology, however, a shopper can simply tap their phone to a point-of-sale system and finalize a payment in a matter of seconds.