Blockchain has launched an alpha version of its latest bitcoin wallet.
The launch precedes a formal debut that is likely to be the bitcoin wallet and block explorer provider’s biggest announcement since it raised a then-record $30.5m Series A in October 2014. Blockchain‘s wallet has been downloaded nearly 3.8 million times since launch in 2011, according to its own statistics.
Following its most recent fundraising, Blockchain has been relatively quiet with new announcements, experiencing heavy user backlash amid security issues in December as well as an under-the-radar CEO change.
Alpha users of the wallet are nonetheless able to get a first look at the service’s new security center, improved account management and simplified interface. Overall, the new wallet presents a streamlined version of its current offering.
Somewhat diminished are the prominent affiliate advertisements seen in its current product, as well as the tabs that allow users to toggle between local bitcoin services providers, meaning the emphasis in the alpha falls more squarely on Blockchain’s services.
Instead, users will find a left-hand navigation bar that allows them to access their transaction history, three stages of security settings and prominent way to contact the company for support.
The end result may be more familiar to users of competing bitcoin wallet provider Coinbase, which features a similar design that mimics the usability of a traditional email inbox.
However, the closed alpha is ongoing and the company is actively courting feedback from its initial group of users, meaning that the wallet’s design and functionality could change as development continues.
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