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5 Best Bitcoin and Ethereum Apps for Android

Long gone are the days when cryptographic currencies and public blockchain-based distributed computing platforms were synonymous with the criminal underground. Today, we use blockchain, a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of records called blocks and forms the backbone of both Bitcoin and Ethereum, to move from central record keeping systems to decentralized systems, eliminating the need for costly middlemen in financial transactions.

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The very nature of technologies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum matches the spirit of the Android operating system, so it should come as no surprise to you that the Play Store is full of useful apps that serve as great examples of real-world applications for blockchain technology. We have selected our top 5 favorite Bitcoin and Ethereum apps for Android, splitting them into two categories for your convenience.

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Bitcoin Wallets

A Bitcoin wallet is a software- or hardware-based tool that allows you to start making payments with merchants and users using Bitcoin, the infamous cryptographic currency that once powered Silk Road, an online black market owned by Ross Ulbricht and the first modern darknet market.

Back in 2011, when Silk Road launched, there weren’t that many Bitcoin wallets for Android to choose from. A lot has changed since then, and current Bitcoin users have a lot more options. We encourage you to spend some time on Bitcoin’s official website and learn as much as you can about the technology, so you can make your own educated decisions. But to help you get started, these are our top 3 favorite Bitcoin wallets for Android.

Coinbase

Headquartered in San Fransisco, Coinbase is a digital asset exchange company that operates exchanges of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other digital assets with fiat currencies in 32 countries, and Bitcoin transactions and storage in 190 countries worldwide. In other words, they are huge.

The company was founded in 2012 by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam, and they grew to one million users by 2014. Coinbase has recently added Ether, the value token of Ethereum, as only the second digital currency offered to their retail customers, which is not something many other exchanges can brag about.

Coinbase’ Android app has a great rating of 4.5 stars and is often recommended as the best Bitcoin and Ethereum wallet for Android. The wallet allows users to buy and sell digital currency using various payment methods, has real-time and historical charts, price alerts, support for NFC and QR codes, and plenty of other useful features.

The app frequently receives updates, ensuring maximum security of all transactions and leveraging the latest version of the Android operating system to its maximum potential.

Mycelium

Developed openly on GitHub, the Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet allows you to send and receive Bitcoins using your mobile phone. Compared to Coinbase, Mycelium is certainly geared toward seasoned Bitcoin users and blockchain enthusiasts. On the official website, the app proudly lists some of its advanced features, such as the support for Hierarchical Deterministic wallets, single address accounts, watch only accounts, and secure authentication using Bit ID.

If none of these technologies ring any bells, then you are probably better off sticking with Coinbase. That being said, Mycelium is a fantastic option for more advanced Bitcoin users, as it empowers them to precisely manage their transactions and has been confirmed by thousands of users to be incredibly reliable.

Xapo

Xapo, a Switzerland-based company founded in 2013 by Wences Casares and COO Federico Murrone, stands out with a cold storage vault and a Bitcoin-based debit card. The company also does its best to ensure complete security of their customers, using physical servers located around the globe that are protected by biometric scanner access, 24-7 video surveillance, and armed guards, according to Casares.

Their Android App is a mobile bitcoin wallet and vault that combines convenience and industry-leading security, allowing users to send money to friends or family with ease. You can use it to manage your Bitcoin account just like a checking account, easily tip content creators via Twitter, check the price of bitcoin and other stats in real-time, buy bitcoin directly from Xapo, and more.

Its polished user interface follows the latest Material Design guidelines, resulting in an intuitive and seamless user experience that makes you forget about the underlying technology by placing emphasis on its practical usage.

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Bitcoin Games

If you feel like taking a small break from your real-life responsibilities, perhaps you wouldn’t mind earning a few Bitcoins at the same time, would you? Believe it or not, you can earn real Bitcoin by playing addictive Android games, and it’s no scam either.

Blockchain Game

Blockchain Game is a simple but fun block-stacking game that generates revenue through in-game ads and then redistributes a large portion of it to players. All you have to do in order to claim attractive prizes and receive Bitcoins directly to your wallet is play.

Bitcoin Billionaire

Unlike Blockchain Game, Bitcoin Billionaire uses fake Bitcoins as an in-game currency. Even though you can’t earn real money through the game, we still believe that it’s worth your attention just because of how fun it is to play. Essentially, it’s an idle clicker about raking in Bitcoins and building up a massive fortune.

Interested in investing in Bitcoins or other Altcoins?

Here’s how we buy Bitcoin and Ethers. You will receive $10 of FREE BITCOIN when you buy or sell over $100 worth of any digital currency.

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  1. Coinbase just started implementing Ethereum, LiteCoin, and BTC in their app. I used Coinbase years ago when I first invested into bitcoin. It wasn’t a large amount and I promptly forgot about it until about a year ago when I heard about Bitpay (the BTC debit card I use) and logged into my account to see it had tripled. lol. And it was tucked safely away in a vault that I had to approve with three emails and wait over 48 hours just to get it out of my vault into my regular old phone wallet still as BTC, haha.

    I would definitely say research research research. I work on computers and have been in the industry all my life. Web, networking, Cisco, games, coding, graphics, you name it, but I tell you what, I took notes and read so much for days on end at Coinbase like four or so years ago because it wasn’t something I’d ever learned and I’m one of those people that don’t take others words for truth, especially on the intron, and I also just like to know how things work. I have heard good and bad things about Coinbase over the years but I gotta say they have been around a long time and if you want to learn about or get into BTC that’s the best place as far as accuracy and the most easily understood language on it!

    (I taught myself Linux a couple years ago, and rather fast due to breaking it two weeks after installing my first distro on a laptop, the reinstall left me with a non-working update manager so I had to learn CLI commands right off the bat. I also taught myself HTML and beginner graphic design when I was 18 and *ahem* not anymore but was hacking backdoors and formatting hard drives whenever someone pissed me off after Battle.net launched either in D or SC. Yeah, I’m old. Yeah, I deserved their ire, I was a PKer and collected ears in Diablo for a long time with a guild and taunted people. I did so in SC too although it wasn’t as easy and there weren’t as many marks like D. Not proud of it but now all I do is ethical hacking. Mostly just for Cisco and personal protection, no harm no foul.)

    I digress, granted, BTC is becoming more mainstream and there are fewer occurrences of sites running off with peoples DC but you never can tell if one got big enough and they had enough incentive to do so, I wouldn’t put it past them. I’ve used a wallet on my phone ever since I did all the reading and initial investment years ago. (It wasn’t nearly as easy then either! Nor was it nearly as easy simply just to purchase BTC then, and there were only about 2 secure phone wallets to use).

    I have to admit, that as much as I learned about blockchain during the almost month it took me just to get to the point where I was trusted enough to purchase any, I’m sure it was only a drop in the bucket. I’ve personally never tried any apps to mine myself. I’ve always been pretty paranoid about security and privacy in the industry and I build pretty expensive custom machines and my droids are always almost as custom as my PC’s but not rooted, so am leery of installing apps without a guarantee from someone I know.

    (Like I won’t use a VPN that is ever listed on any of the “TOP 10 VPN” lists or heavily used as affiliates. I found “thatoneprivacyguy”s site years ago before he recently became popular out of nowhere due to the changes/upcoming and already done/in the laws on the net. smh.)

    He is actually someone I trust if you’re ever looking for a new VPN. I got rid of my old one and needed a new one, because I had heard they’d been compromised, however, he won’t tell you what to use. He does reviews on VPNs and gives honest opinions and has a simple and a much more detailed chart with all the relevant privacy and security info on damn near every VPN and every pertinent detail from where they are in the scope of the 14 eyes, prices, business ethics, technical quality, you name it.

    He even breaks it down into sections of sections for each one showing whether they are good, iffy, or bad for activists, journalists, what country you’re in, if you’re just wanting to use it to torrent, etc, and every time a VPN offers him compensation or a lifetime or whatever membership to give a good review, he instantly threw up a post about it to let others know. I believe now he redacts the names but I remember the first one he posted actually had the VPN service providers name in the post. He makes it pretty easy to figure out though.

    Dang, I need to get back on my blog lol. Anyway, I can’t stress enough how important it is to do YOUR OWN research and if you are technically inclined at all, go ahead and read up on blockchain and learn a bit first too. Trust me, it’ll come in handy someday. Or you’ll be kicking yourself in the ass anywhere from a month to three or more years from now. Ok, done ranting ya’lls ears off.

  2. CoinBase is only good if you’re in the US. If you’re someone like me who emigrated to another country Coinbase will not accept you. I’ve been waiting for 3 months now for Coinbase to review my photo id which comes from a different country to where I live now.

    Their customer support is non-existent!

  3. Lee, check out Exodus.io, you can store most of the major coins and exchange to other coins if you like, you will need a desktop computer to use Exodus

  4. So shall I tell my friend there’s no way to move the coins from your wallet to his dating site

  5. Firstly , what about the other types of coins , let’s say I like to gamble and I play slots, what can I do with them coins. Exchange them ? And If I can can I store them in the wallets you mentioned.
    Finally , someone mentioned to me a lot of dating sites use coins so you can message other people ,if that’s true how would
    LD I move the coins there and what would be the process from a s
    Lot machine game to a dating site/app

  6. @Alberto

    All the exchanges that you end up buying your coins from would essentially be your wallet, if you don’t trust the online wallets, you can move all the coins to your private wallet on your computer.

    If you’re interested, here’s my current setup
    1) buy bitcoins and ethers (mostly ethers) from Coinbase
    2) move all the coins to Exodus wallet

    I originally used Electrum wallet to hold all my bitcoins, and it’s a great bitcoin wallet, but the problem with Electrum is it only holds Bitcoins. I personally see more upside with Ethers, so I own both Ethers and Bitcoins. Exodus is a great wallet that hold both coins, along with a few other Altcoins. It even has an exchange to move your assets around to other Altcoins if you like.

    Like with any private wallets, you will not be able to buy Bitcoins or any Altcoins without an exchange. We use Coinbase, it’s great because you can buy coins instantly using credit card. The movements are typically so fast you want to get in as fast as possible instead of waiting the ACH transfer that can take days.

  7. If i am right what I need first is to have a wallet and then buy and store coins. Am I right?

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