While Ethereum positions itself as a development platform for Dapps, it's often overlooked that developers are also experimenting on Bitcoin. Typically developer environments are being built as a "layer" on top of the Bitcoin blockchain. Lightning Labs is a prominent company doing this; its platform went live on the Bitcoin mainnet in March. Now, CEO Elizabeth Stark has announced a new version of its desktop app:
Today we're releasing our new Lightning app! New design, Neutrino light client, seed backup. ⚡️ Get the lightning the app here. 👇 blog.lightning.engineering/announcement/2…
The future of bitcoin is already here, it's just not evenly distributed. 😎
Congrats to @tankredhase @vallywal @bvu @leegordon @roasbeef and our whole team!
Today we're releasing our new Lightning app! New design, Neutrino light client, seed backup. ⚡️
Get the lightning the app here. 👇 blog.lightning.engineering/announcement/2…
As this Twitter user points out, the main feature of the re-designed Lightning app is its easy-to-use UX:
For now the app is only available to use on a Bitcoin test net, however mainnet release is promised "soon." In the meantime, you can download it and see how it works.
So what does it do? Essentially the app is a digital wallet. According to Twitter user @cryptoauthorit, it can be used to "send fast & cheap #Bitcoin transactions." Being on the Lightning network means transactions happen faster than is normal for Bitcoin.
The key for adoption though will be integrating the app into the tools most of us already use. As Dominic Reign says, wouldn't it be great if it was part of a future Apple announcement?