Posted 2 years ago | by Ben Armstrong
Casa Adds iOS and Android Support for Sats Mobile Wallet
On September 5th, Bitcoin (BTC)-focused technology firm Casa announced that its Sats mobile Bitcoin wallet app is now available for both iOS and Android devices.
In a post on its official blog, Casa noted that the mobile wallet app is ready for download. Earlier this year, Casa had announced the release of a node monitor and an accompanying rewards program to promote Bitcoin network health.
New Tools From Casa
The latest version of the app can be used without the company’s Bitcoin Lightning node. However, users who do NOT connect the app to the node will not have access to the Lightning Network.
The Casa app also supports a public address-naming system dubbed “SatsTag”. When Bitcoin is sent using this system, a new address is derived from the receiver’s public key and provided to the sender.
In addition to this option, the company claims that the wallet is completely non-custodial and that the user keeps control of their private key. The private key is saved on the phone’s secure enclave at all times, therefore providing the much needed cybersecurity for the digital world.
Sending Bitcoin by scanning QR codes is still available too.
A Growing Market
It remains to be seen how successful this app will prove to be, since the demand for cryptocurrency-related apps has stalled. At the end of June, the number of downloaded cryptocurrency mobile apps showed a minimal increase of 1.82%, even in light of Bitcoin’s recent price surge.
Data from mobile app analytics firm App Annie indicated that there were 65.8 million cryptocurrency-related app downloads in the first half of 2018, while in the first six months of 2019, there were only 67 million.
Lots of Options for Crypto Users
Casa isn't the only software wallet developer who is improving their platform. Coinbase Wallet, another popular software wallet, just added a “security bridge” feature to its free software wallet.
The new open-source Dapp will allow Coinbase Wallet users to manage their tokens from a desktop computer, but not require them to have a Coinbase exchange account. The market seems to be ready for more and better software wallets, and both Coinbase and Casa are working to create better tools for token holders.