Product Update: Q4 2017

Amidst holiday festivities and New Year’s preparations, we want to quickly revisit the assortment of great new features that made their way into the Blockchain wallet during Q4. Grab a fresh mug of hot cocoa (and maybe that sugar cookie you’ve been eyeing) and we’ll get into all the exciting Q4 product update details.

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5 Holiday Tips for Bitcoin Enthusiasts (or How to Get Your Family Excited About Bitcoin)

Market value isn’t the only reason digital assets like bitcoin stand out, but it’s certainly a newsworthy conversation starter. As you catch up with family over the holidays, bitcoin’s epic 2017 price increase will likely be a hot topic. To entertain their curiosity, we’ve got the following holiday tips to get your loved ones as excited about bitcoin and digital assets as you are.

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11 Festive Bitcoin-Friendly Gift Ideas for the 2017 Holiday Season

Since our first Bitcoin Holiday Gift Guide, digital currency has continued to transform the world of online payments and e-commerce. This year we’re excited to bring you a festive mix of gift ideas that will help you spread the joy of Bitcoin this holiday season.

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Ether is Now Available on iOS & Android

A few months ago, we added ether to the Blockchain wallet. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re extending that functionality to our mobile apps. As of today, users can seamlessly store, send, and receive ether on both iOS and Android.

As part of our mission to make digital assets increasingly user-friendly and accessible, we kept the mobile user experience for both currencies consistent and easy to navigate. With this update, users will notice the following two exciting changes:

  1. With a simple tap users can navigate between ether and bitcoin to monitor transactions, send funds, or request payment; and
  2. We’re rolling out a new dashboard that will allow users to monitor the market price for both currencies.

As always, users can find the latest mobile versions at our App Store and Google Play Store links.

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Product Update: Q3 2017

With summer over, we’ve got Halloween creeping closer and the end-of-year holiday season not too far after. That also means it’s time for our Q3 product update. This quarter brought some exciting integrations and new features both on mobile and web. Keep reading for all the details!

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Seamlessly store, send, and receive ether with your Blockchain wallet

At Blockchain, we care deeply about building products users love.  We’re constantly collecting user feedback and using it to help determine where we go next.

Today, we’re excited to announce that you can now seamlessly store, send, and receive ether from within the Blockchain wallet. By adding ether as a new currency, we’re providing users with a new diverse way to interact with the digital economy.

What’s different?

An image showing Blockchain's new ether product.

Using the same user-friendly interface, you can now seamlessly toggle between bitcoin and ether. To keep it simple, the ether experience will mirror the bitcoin experience our users have come to love.

For more information about the ins and outs of ether and how it works in your Blockchain wallet, visit our Support Center Learning Portal.

Exchange BTC for ETH powered by ShapeShift

GIF showing the Blockchain ShapeShift process exchanging bitcoin to ether.

For users looking to acquire ether, we’re excited to introduce a built-in BTC to ETH (and vice versa) exchange, powered by ShapeShift. Accessible directly within your Blockchain wallet, this integration makes it easy for users to acquire both digital currencies and monitor exchange progress, from start to finish.

Of course, in keeping with our ethos, this is just the first iteration of this product. In the coming weeks and months (and years!), we’ll continue to gather user feedback and use that to further build out this integration. Let us know what you think and where to go next.

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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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More Rocket Fuel: Announcing Our Series B with Lakestar and GV

Dark blue rocket taking off with Blockchain's logo stacked.When Blockchain started out as an open source project, we set out to build tools that would make it easy for anyone to use digital currencies. We still pursue this goal everyday.

I’m extremely proud and humbled by the progress we’ve made – millions of active users around the world, exchange partnerships in 34 countries, billions in monthly consumer volume, and an API platform used by some of the biggest companies in our field.

Today, I’m excited to announce that we’ve raised a Series B of $40 million with Lakestar and GV (formerly Google Ventures) with additional participation from Nokota Management and Digital Currency Group. Our existing investors – Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mosaic Ventures, Prudence Holdings, Virgin, and Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group) – also participated in the round. Their continued support is an honor.

Our Series B represents the most substantial investment in the fintech space since Brexit and is the largest Series B raised by any digital currency company to date. This brings our total capital raised to over $70 million and we’re thrilled to welcome some of the most well-respected investors in the world to the Blockchain family.

Our mission “to create an open, accessible, and fair financial future for billions across the globe, one piece of software at a time” is a lofty one. This capital moves us one step closer to delivering on that mission and will ensure we can take a very long-term view.

As the market leader, you can expect us to make big, bold bets in research and development as well as further our expansion efforts globally. You can also expect new products aimed at allowing anyone to transact, save, or hedge digital assets with greater speed, efficiency and control.

Innovating, disrupting, revolutionizing a century old industry takes time. We’ve made significant strides, but we’re just getting started. Thank you for joining us on the very first part of our journey to the moon – rest assured we have the rocket fuel to get there!

Sincerely,
Peter & the Blockchain Team

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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