• Twitter is rumored to be testing a Bitcoin tipping service on Android devices

  • Twitter appears to be testing Bitcoin tipping on Android devices, according to Jane Manchun Wong, a Hong Kong-based technology researcher known for discovering hidden features in popular apps. Wong shared a screenshot of what appears to be the beta version of the feature.

    After launching its “tip jar” service in May, Twitter users were able to tip creators. Initially, money could only be sent using centralized payment providers such as Venmo, PayPal, and, of course, Square’s Cash App. In late August, Lightning Network-powered Bitcoin payments were added to the Twitter beta. According to U.Today, Twitter officially announced Bitcoin support for iOS devices on September 23, and the new service will be gradually rolled out to all devices. The company stated that the Bitcoin tipping feature would be available to Android users “soon,” but did not provide an exact timeline. Strike, a cryptocurrency payment processor, provides the technology behind the new service.

    Given that smartphones running the Android operating system have a 72 percent market share, the addition of Bitcoin tips is likely to increase the cryptocurrency’s widespread adoption.

    The NFT function

    According to a late-September announcement, Twitter is also working on adding support for non-fungible token (NFT) authentication. Users will be able to display their NFTs on the social media platform thanks to the feature. According to a screenshot posted by Wong, the social media behemoth is now testing a dedicated collectibles tab.

    Furthermore, its mobile app will allow users to view NFTs and read more about them.

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