I’m happy to announce that zec-qt-wallet is building a companion app for Android mobile phones. It allows users that run a zec-qt-wallet node on their desktop to connect to it from their Android phones, and send/receive sapling transactions from their Android phone.
I’m looking for a few beta testers to test out the android app before the public release in the next couple of weeks. If you have a zec-qt-wallet node running and an Android phone, please read on.
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What it is
Zec-Qt Wallet Android is a mobile app that connects to your desktop zec-qt-wallet using end-to-end encryption, and serves as a front-end on your Android phone. It lets you send and receive shielded and transparent transactions from your phone.
It is not a light-wallet, which is a separate protocol being developer. Your wallet and private keys are still held on the desktop. The Android app merely connects to your desktop and allows you to send/receive transactions from there.
What features are available
- Simply scan a QR code displayed on your desktop to connect your phone. No username/password or any other config. Automatic end-to-end encryption from your phone to desktop
- View list of recent transactions, and view transaction details including memos
- Send a Sapling Tx. All Tx types are supported (zaddr -> taddr, zaddr->zaddr, taddr->taddr, taddr->zaddr) and include a memo field as well.
- Watch unconfirmed transactions and wait for confirmation.
What are the limitations
- The Android phone needs a direct connection to your desktop. If you are on the same Wifi network, this will work seamlessly. (Support for connecting over the internet, without messing with firewalls/port forwarding etc… is coming soon!)
- Old-style sprout addresses are not supported
Want to beta-test the Android App?
If you are interested in beta testing the android app, please comment below or send me a message. You’ll need:
- A fully synced zec-qt-wallet desktop node
- An Android phone
- The ability to tolereate some bugs and give me lots of feedback
I want to thank the ZCash Foundation for supporting this project! @acityinohio @sonya and everyone at the Foundation has been super supportive. I’d also like to thank the Zcash Co, especially their light wallet UX team (https://z.cash/blog/zcash-reference-wallet-design/), from whom I have shamelessly copied a lot of the app’s UX.