SegWit implemented in Bitwala Wallet

The implementation intends to lower the fees when sending or receiving bitcoin into wallet to or from another wallet that supports SegWit
14 December 2017   2119

Yesterday Bitwala announced that it have implemented SegWit into the Bitwala Wallet and now it is available for all users of wallet. SegWit is a technical improvement of the Bitcoin Blockchain that paves the way for cheaper transactions and enables scaling solutions on top of Bitcoin.

Segregated Witness was activated on the Bitcoin Network on August 24th, 2017 on block #481824. It has since seen a steady increase in adoption, and SegWit transaction makes up about 9% of all Bitcoin transactions.

Segwit chartsSegWit Transaction percentage Charts

The update intends to lower the fees when sending or receiving bitcoin into wallet to or from another wallet that supports SegWit.

The full potential of the SegWit upgrade will unfold as more and more participants in the ecosystem update their systems. While the cost of transactions will be reduced with SegWit, users will continue paying the current fees because Bitwala’s payment processor is yet to activate SegWit. It is expected the upgrade to take place in Q1 2018.

Lightning Desktop App to be Launched in BTC Mainnet

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the macOS, Windows and Linux, however, it's oriented fro test environment
24 April 2019   119

Lightning Labs, a leading developer of solutions for the Lightning Network, announced the launch of its desktop wallet in the main Bitcoin network. An application that was previously tested in a test network is available in the alpha version.

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the operating systems macOS, Windows and Linux, however, as the developers emphasize, is still oriented primarily to the test environment. At the same time, more advanced users can also experiment with the wallet interface and get access to their funds.

Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot
Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot

The Neutrino client allows non-custodial Lightning wallets to verify Bitcoin transactions without the need to synchronize with the full version of the blockchain.

The new release includes such a function as displaying a single balance, which will allow users to see the cumulative number of coins both in the network base and in the payment channels by percentage.