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Bitcoin Cash-Focused Centbee Launches Open Alpha Wallet

There’s a new bitcoin cash (BCH)-focused wallet called Centbee that recently launched its alpha testing version on the Google Play store. The Johannesburg-based Centbee’s wallet is a bit different than most light clients as it offers a simplistic user interface, with plans to provide an in-wallet buy and sell feature, and merchant payments service that enables BCH payment processing and account integration.

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Bitcoin Cash Centric Wallet Centbee Launches Alpha Version

Bitcoin Cash-Focused Centbee Launches Open Alpha WalletThe Bitcoin Cash ecosystem has a lot of unique wallets that users can choose from for storing, sending, and receiving BCH. Now a firm based out of South Africa called Centbee has launched their open alpha wallet, which can be downloaded via the Google Play store. Centbee has been slowly building its application for quite some time now, and the firm is also backed by the London-based blockchain firm Nchain. The wallet’s creators want people to test the open alpha version so they can get feedback on how well the software works.  

“We are making Centbee the easiest way to store, spend and send bitcoin cash safely on your mobile phone and we know our fans cannot wait to download it, play around with it and let us know what you think!” Centbee explained during the Alpha launch.

Bitcoin Cash-Focused Centbee Launches Open Alpha Wallet

Using Centbee with Testnet Coins and the Firm’s Collaborative Efforts with Nchain

News.bitcoin.com decided to give the Centbee wallet a test drive and found the interface was easy to use compared to some wallets that are very cluttered. There’s not much to the wallet as it offers very basic BCH storing, receiving and sending features. Anyone can test Centbee’s alpha version by utilizing testnet coins so users can experiment without losing real funds. You can find testnet BCH online or you can send an email to support@centbee.com with “Buzz me!” as the subject header and leave a receiving address in the email. As soon as the company gets the email, Centbee will forward the user some BCH testnet coins. The in-app exchange services and merchant features were not yet available in the testnet Centbee version. 

Bitcoin Cash-Focused Centbee Launches Open Alpha Wallet

The team behind Centbee are big believers in the potential of bitcoin cash and the firm is also working with Nchain by developing a merchant Point-of-Sale (PoS) software development kit (SDK) for the worldwide market. Centbee recently announced the news during the Coingeek conference in Hong Kong and explained the SDK will be a set of “open-source tools, processes, and interfaces that software developers and system integrators can use to enable retailers to easily and quickly accept Bitcoin cash at the till-point.”      

Centbee Operates Similarly to Yenom

With Centbee’s alpha wallet, users can integrate their phone contacts in the wallet interface as well so people can connect with BCH using the app. The Centbee light client doesn’t have a bunch of features you’d see in other wallets like Shapeshift or Changelly integration. Nor does it have annoying advertisements and promotions. The main point of the Centbee wallet is to make BCH usage as easy as possible and without all the frills. The user experience is very much like the Japanese BCH wallet Yenom which is also very simplistic, but Yenom doesn’t have a wallet backup. Centbee does provide a mnemonic seed phrase when starting the wallet and it also makes the user double check to see if they wrote it down correctly during the wallet creation process.

Have you tried the Centbee wallet? What did you think about this bitcoin cash wallet and how it worked? Let us know your thoughts on this subject in the comment section below.


Images via Centbee, Google Play, and Jamie Redman. 


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Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open source code, and decentralized applications. Redman has written thousands of articles for news.Bitcoin.com about the disruptive protocols emerging today.