The future of money meets the past halfway.
Good news: Bitcoin Cash wallet Electron Cash is now available on less sophisticated phones.
“On July 29th, Electron Cash published a new wallet: The ‘J2ME’ version of Electron Cash. J2ME stands for Java MicroEdition,” Electron Cash wrote in a release.”
Electron Cash is a light wallet specifically made for BCH that is actually a cold-and-hot wallet hybrid, restricting online access so the signature part of the process is done offline where it’s safe from prying eyes.
“With Electron Cash for J2ME, now users who only have access to basic ‘feature phones’ such as the Nokia 216 will still have access to a real Bitcoin Cash SPV wallet, with all the benefits that come with it, including controlling their own private keys and being able to restore their wallet from a mnemonic seed phrase,” Electron Cash developer Jonald Fyookball wrote to CoinGeek.
Phones like the Nokia 216 were released only a few years ago (2016), but are imbued with basic minimal functionalities in order to cater to the lower-end market. Jonald Fyookball’s decision to build this version is one that perfectly fits the Bitcoin Cash ecosystem’s goal of including the micro-economy—comprised of people who cannot afford to buy expensive smart phones but would highly benefit from the ability to accommodate cryptocurrency transactions. This lowers the barriers to entry for small businesses and individual merchants, such as those commonly found on sidewalk markets in poor countries.
The people behind Electron Cash keep producing very useful software products. Here is Electron Cash as a J2ME SPV wallet. This means it's becoming cheaper for people to run SPV wallets, since cheaper phones can run J2ME software. #BCHhttps://t.co/I4bzJYoNsP
— Bitcoin (@Bitcoin) August 2, 2018
“The original python code was rewritten in Java, mostly from scratch, in order to build this wallet. It is currently published on GitHub as an alpha release and is currently being reviewed and tested.”
For those who are interested in sizing up the code, you can find it through this Github link.
Electron Cash is one of the many projects that have been rolling out some very nifty updates for Bitcoin Cash. Just mid-July, transaction shuffling plug-in CashShuffle finished testing the liquidity bot—which would enable users to shuffle their transactions even when there are no other live users joining the mix. This plugin works well with Electron Cash, since Jonald and the CashShuffle dev team made sure it would be easy to use the two together.