Our Android users in Europe can now buy bitcoin

When we announced that iOS users in Europe could buy bitcoin, we promised that it wouldn’t be long before Android users would see the same features and functionalities.

Delivering on that promise, we’re happy to announce that Android users in Europe can now buy bitcoin from within their Blockchain wallets with the same Blockchain-Coinify integration available to web and iOS users.

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Improving Our Fee Recommendations

At Blockchain, we strive to make digital currency safe and easy for everyone to use. Part of that goal is providing effective miners’ fee recommendations for every transaction our users make. Bitcoin has recently reached its peak capacity, with a consistent queue of tens of megabytes of transactions waiting to be confirmed. As bitcoin interest and activity continues to grow (and we can expect this trend to continue), we’ve made two important changes to our wallet:

  • The introduction of a new fee recommendation algorithm aimed at being more reactive to changing network conditions and providing a better, more consistent experience for our users.
  • A new ‘Priority’ option which aims to have your transaction included in a block within 60 minutes. This feature is currently available via our Web and Android wallets and will be included in our upcoming iOS release; available the week of June 19th.

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Buying bitcoin is now available for Blockchain wallets on iOS

Late last year, we announced a partnership with Coinify that allowed our users in Europe to, for the first time ever, seamlessly and expediently buy bitcoin from within their Blockchain wallets without compromising user security or control. This partnership was aimed at making our wallet infinitely more user friendly and, ultimately, more accessible for the mass market. Today we take the next step in delivering greater accessibility.

Our team is excited to announce that iOS users in Europe are now able to buy bitcoin from within their Blockchain wallets using the same seamless and user friendly Blockchain-Coinify integration available to web users.

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Product Update: Q1 2017

Since 2017 kicked off, we’ve released a number of key updates to our block explorer, bitcoin wallet, and developer platform. To keep you looped in, this post has the scoop on what we’ve been up to in the first quarter of the year.

Here’s a quick rundown of noteworthy updates for Q1 2017

  • We launched a new logo and look and feel on .info
  • We’ve added beginner-friendly resources to our site
  • We deployed an improved charts layout, including popular charts
  • We’ve added helpful wallet notifications
  • One form for API key requests

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Helpful Wallet Notifications & Resources

Bitcoin can seem a little (if not very) complicated and confusing, especially for first time and newer users. We do our best to answer frequently asked questions in our Support Center and here on the blog, but we’ve also integrated helpful tips directly into our wallet! In this post we’ll cover a few of those tips.

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An intro to bitcoin-focused web development: build your first web app

Careers in bitcoin development are all the rage right now, but it’s an unfortunate misconception that the chance of landing these opportunities are a hundred-to-one unless you’re on a first-name basis with industry pioneers like Nick Szabo or Adam Back. Today’s guest blogger, Kyle Honeycutt, is here to debunk these myths of exclusivity. He’ll also show you step-by-step how to create your very first bitcoin web app, and leaves you with extra resources so you can hone your new skills. Take it away, Kyle.

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3 bitcoin charts explained, plus our chart export feature

When academics and journalists need information about the bitcoin ecosystem, they turn to our interactive charts. And they’re not alone; our charts have been a trusted, helpful research tool for millions across the globe. Today we’re highlighting 3 charts and sharing details about a recent update that allows you to better export and embed our charts. But first, onto the charts.

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Customize your wallet experience with new Blockchain Wallet themes

We’ll admit we’re a little biased when it comes to the default color scheme of the Blockchain Wallet, but for users who’d like to try something different, our latest update includes 2 new themes. Check them out below and find them in your web Wallet under Settings -> Preferences.

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Completing the migration to the latest version of the Blockchain Wallet

Five months ago, we released the third major version of our flagship product, the Blockchain Wallet. The update represented a big step forward for the product. Over the last few months, we’ve been collecting your feedback and shipping new and refined versions weekly.

As of August 16th, we’ll be completing the migration to the latest version of our wallet. The vast majority of ours users are now using the new platform, but, for the remaining legacy users, the upgrade completion will involve some change.

Change is hard, but it’s a lot easier if you know what to expect. Below is our guide to what’s in store.

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