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Bitcoin, not blockchain: Synonym launches mobile BTC wallet

31 Oct, 20222 min readBlockchain
Bitcoin, not blockchain: Synonym launches mobile BTC wallet

Bitcoin and Lightning Network service provider Synonym has launched a new BTC-focused mobile wallet it says could enhance the user experience for holders of the flagship digital currency — and broaden Web3 adoption without relying on convoluted blockchain applications.

Synonym unveiled its mobile Bitcoin (BTC) wallet, dubbed Bitkit, at the PlanB Forum in Lugano, Switzerland on Oct. 29. The wallet supports BTC and Lightning Network payments with a self-custodial node and encrypted backup service, which users can utilize free of charge. Bitkit is being launched as a limited public beta app for both Apple and Android devices.

The Bitkit app is being powered by Slashtags, a Bitcoin cryptographic seed that generates keys and gives users simultaneous control over their data and money. Through Slashtags, Synonym claims that Bitkit will power Web3 “without using a blockchain at all.”

Paolo Ardoino, who serves as Synonym’s chief strategy officer, said the new app would help promote “hyperbitcoinization,” a term that describes a future state where Bitcoin is more widely used as a default value and payment system.

Super excited to have announced Pear Credit at #lugano Plan B.Pear Credit is a P2P transport layer for credit, leveraging lighting-style channels born from the collaboration between @Tether_to holepunch ( @keet_io ) and @Synonym_to ⚡️— Paolo Ardoino (@paoloardoino) October 30, 2022

The launch of Bitkit also coincided with the release of Blocktank Instant, a Synonym-led service that enables cryptocurrency exchanges to onboard users to Lightning Network without having to run Lightning infrastructure or hire additional engineers.

Speaking to Cointelegraph on the sidelines of the PlanB conference, Synonym CEO John Carvalho said his firm is advancing real-world use cases for Bitcoin without the “magic fairy dust” of blockchain technology:

“What we do at Synonym [...] is try to show how we position Bitcoin in the world without having to use blockchain as some magic fairy dust. [...] You can do all the things of Web3, and in the future, we’ll also show how you can do things with tokens without the blockchain at all.”

He went on to explain how Bitkit can benefit Bitcoin holders:

“With the latest release of our app Bitkit, we’re basically showing a Bitcoin wallet user experience where the user holds the key for everything — you hold the keys for your Bitcoin, for your Lightning wallet, for your public profile, for your contacts.”

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