Airbitz, a Bitcoin wallet provider, has released its Bitcoin Wallet Plugin API to its entire user base. The API enables any app or service to integrate with Airbitz's wallet services. While the API has been around for years with early integration partners (e.g. Glidera, Fold, Bitrefill, etc.), Airbitz has now opened the API to its entire user base.
"We're excited by the potential of new plugins and hope to see amazing integrations with applications such as marketplaces, exchanges, gift card vendors, remittance providers, games, and messaging apps," Paul Puey, Airbitz CEO, said in a company announcement. "Wallet providers have frequently talked about offering plugin APIs. We're happy to say we've just delivered it."
Many have argued that cryptocurrency adoption is greatly enhanced by integrating apps and services directly with wallet apps. Doing so allows apps to collect and spend cryptocurrency in addition to legacy, hard currency. Airbitz's Plugin API enables this exact functionality.
In addition to sending and receiving funds with the API, users can authenticate through BitITD, and save encrypted private data through the Airbitz Edge Security Platform. Airbitz audits all plugins. Apps are released each month. While the API is expected to increase mobile app usage of cryptocurrency, the Airbitz SDK offers similar functionality for Web and desktop apps and services. To learn more, check out Airbitz's developer site.