Bitcoin.com had a chance to get a first-hand look at the upcoming application coming to Android called the BitHappy Bitcoin-based browser. Although the app is not yet available to the public, founder Steven Lee gave us an inside look at how the interface works.
BitHappy: ‘An Alternative to the Existing Financial System’
BitHappy is an Android application that performs like a Bitcoin payment processor and browser. The browser end of the application functions as location searcher for sellers within your region. With BitHappy, buyers and sellers worldwide can exchange goods and services for Bitcoin with just a simple few taps.
BitHappy tells us that anyone can use their camera and describe an item and sell for bitcoin.
I was lucky to snag my Mother-in-law’s pink polk-a-dot Android phone for the testing.
Installing the application was simple, and I also downloaded the Mycelium wallet for my wife’s mom, who now owns some bitcoin. After the download, I opened the application and began searching its features.
The first thing I did was find buyers located around me with location services and quickly found some coffee shops in my area. Living in Florida, I found a few merchants in my region and added some specialty coffee to my checkout cart.
Sellers can set up anywhere and even scan items they want to sell using the camera and QR application on your phone, which works seamlessly with the platform.
Charitable organizations can be set up and be crowdfunded on the spot within the interface as well. One particular section had a few donation options where I could send a few mBTCs to a nonprofit.
I ultimately chose to donate my bitcoin instead of buying coffee. I simply cleared my checkout cart of the lattes, as they weren’t processed yet, and proceeded to donate to two charities by loading my cart with a few mBTCs towards each.
After I was finished, I decided to check out, and the application asked me if I wanted to pay using my device or another wallet.
Users can pay using another phone if they desire, but I chose to use the Mycelium wallet I recently downloaded for my Mother-in-Law. The BitHappy application worked great, performing with Mycelium in a tethered fashion.
Paying some mBTCs to the charity’s address was simple. I set Mycelium’s fee setting to normal, and within less than a minute I had paid out to the address for the charity.
Overall, the application worked well and was very easy to use.
Since the application is in test mode, there aren’t buyers and sellers, but that should change once the application goes public and is populated with users.
With enough active members selling and buying with the platform, BitHappy could help spread adoption as it wasn’t too difficult to set up, even on the sellers’ end.
Steven Lee is excited to launch BitHappy and let the public test out the new application. Lee says he hopes the service can boost financial inclusion by providing a way people can browse to buy and sell items for Bitcoin.
Lee told Bitcoin.com:
BitHappy is based on the core principle that Bitcoin is meant to be used as electronic cash. The application demonstrates how Bitcoin can be used in our everyday lives and the fact that there is an alternative to the existing financial system which is for the benefit of all humanity. BitHappy brings Bitcoin to the 2+ billion unbanked and economic freedom.
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Images courtesy of Jamie Redman, BitHappy