Wietse Wind, the creator of the cryptocurrency micropayments service, XRP Tip Bot tweeted about an app update of the platform, i.e., 1.3.0 going live on Android. Regarding its launch for the iOS users, Wind stated that the users might have to wait a little longer for the update to go live. However, he has not announced the new feature added in this update yet. The original tweet by the creator stated:
“The TipBot app #update 1.3.0 is live @ Android (now available in the Google Play store). iOS users will probably have to wait another day ~ weekend. This update contains a MAJOR new feature, but it’s hidden We’ll announce next week – On your show, right!? @CKJCryptonews”
The XRP Tip Bot app saw huge success after it received approval from major aggregators like Google and Apple stores. It is a payment service that lets the users tip their family members, friends, acquaintances, favorite artists or suchlike in XRP. The users may also connect their Twitter, Reddit or Discord handles with the app and send and receive XRP funds via the mentioned platforms.
The statistics of user activity on the XRP Tip Bot have also improved over time. Currently, the platform has over 2,000 active users. Furthermore, it surpassed the 10k landmark yesterday, wherein the creator celebrated the matter by announcing it on his Twitter account.
Ripple Reis, a crypto-enthusiast and XRP follower, on the update announcement by Wind, stated:
“Can we find it by decompile the app package?
Here, Wind’s reply stated:
“You can try, if you think you found it, send me a DM. If you did, I’ll send you 10 XRP ;)”
Another Twitter user called hallwaymonitor also commented:
“My guestimate is that the new feature is going to integrate XRParrot and TipBot.” – hallwayonitor
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Facebook’s entry a positive signal to blockchain & crypto markets, claims Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse
As the influx of new players into the crypto-ecosystem grows, the industry has come a long way from its inception a decade ago. The industry has forced mainstream institutions such as Facebook and JP Morgan to join the race. While the world speculates on Facebook’s next move as a global power, in-house competitor Ripple is on a partnership spree to ensure a comfortable XRP market.
To clear out the FUD, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse discussed the intent and roadmap behind the recent MoneyGram-Ripple partnership. While enabling XRP-powered money transfer services, Ripple’s $30 million investment seems to be part of a game plan for increased adoption.
Garlinghouse shared his optimism for the move after his company’s beta network recently matched Western Union’s performance for cross-border payments. Further, he is certain about Ripple’s ability to improve MoneyGram’s infrastructure by eliminating the traditional pre-funding process. Garlinghouse added,
“Our (Ripple’s) product allows companies to avoid pre-funds and just shoot the payments in real time. That’s a massive savings in terms of efficiency and capital costs.”
As a result of this partnership, Ripple will hold a 6% – 10% share in MoneyGram, helping the crypto giant’s vision to enable mass adoption. Further, the CEO correlated the development with the company’s ultimate roadmap. He said,
“We will continue to build out and expand the number of corridors. We work with over 200 banks and financial institutions today.”
Garlinghouse also shared Ripple’s contributions toward enabling liquidity in the Mexican and Philippines market. Although the XRP market stands as one of the biggest disruptors in the cryptospace, Garlinghouse applauded Facebook’s recent Libra initiative. He commented,
“It’s incredibly positive signal to the overall blockchain and crypto market to have a player like Facebook leaning in.”
While a positive sign for the crypto-market, it will be interesting to see the direction Facebook’s crypto-initiative takes, which is currently speculated to be pointing toward a consumer-oriented payment system.
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