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This article was published on January 10, 2014

Coinbase releases an SDK to enable Bitcoin payments in Android apps

Coinbase releases an SDK to enable Bitcoin payments in Android apps
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btcCoinbase is doing more than most to bring Bitcoin to mainstream audiences. The US startup — which recently raised $25 million — offers a consumer wallet and standalone merchant app, allows trading via SMS and more — now it’s released an SDK to enable support for Bitcoin payments in Android apps.

The SDK — developed alongside micro-transaction startup Bitmonet, which we’ve written about before — is open source and available in GitHub. Beyond simply introducing payments, it allows debit and other previous unsupported transactions.

Bitmonet’s own payment gateway product is designed to encourage micro-payments — small transactions made without transaction fees — on blogs, and Coinbase believes the concept can work inside mobile apps via the SDK. Apple pulled Coinbase for iOS last year, so this project is Android-only.

Update: This demo is from the Bitmonet blog:

Android SDK Released – Accept Bitcoin Payment In Your Own Android App [Coinbase]

Images via Zach Copley / Flickr and Coinbase