• Twitter tests Bitcoin tipping service on Android devices and adds support for NFT authentication

  • Social media giant Twitter appears to be testing bitcoin tipping on Android devices, according to Hong Kong-based technology researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

    Wong shared a screenshot that supposedly shows a beta version of the feature.

    Twitter allows users to tip creators after launching its “Tip Jar” service in May. Initially, the only way to send money was with the help of centralized payment providers such as Venmo, PayPal, and of course Square’s cash app.

    Then, in late August, Bitcoin payments powered by the Lightning Network were added to the beta version of Twitter.

    Twitter officially announced Bitcoin support for iOS devices on September 23, gradually rolling out the new service to all devices.

    The company said the Bitcoin tipping feature will be available to Android users “soon,” but did not specify a specific timeline.

    The technology behind this new service is provided by cryptocurrency payment processor Strike.

    Given that smartphones running the Android operating system have a 72 percent market share, adding Bitcoin Tips could boost widespread adoption of the cryptocurrency.

    NFT features

    In addition, Twitter is working to add support for non-forgeable token (NFT) authentication, according to an announcement made in late September.

    The feature will make it possible for users to flaunt their NFTs on the social media platform.

    A screenshot posted by Wong shows that the social media giant is now trialling a dedicated collectibles tab.

    In addition to that, its mobile app will make it possible to view NFTs and read details about them.

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