Two independent developers have released mobile app versions of the XRP TipBot, which will allow users to quickly send up to 20 XRP (not, of course, Ripple) to other users by scanning a QR code. The app is available on both Android and iOS.
And it's LIVE! 🎉 The @xrptipbot App. Now available in the Google Play Store and Apple AppStore 🍻 Up to 20 XRP per tip 😍 Tell your favourite restaurant, bar, pub, store, friends, family, .... https://t.co/TXNZF2Nwvw 😎— Wietse Wind (@WietseWind) October 25, 2018
This release is not to be confused with their already existing inline XRP TipBot, which allows users on reddit, Twitter, or Discord to send small amounts of XRP just by typing a key phrase into the text field. To avoid money laundering, say the devs, those tips are limited to 5 XRP/tip, and 100 XRP/month. At press time, 5 XRP is worth $2.29.
In order to use the mobile version, some XRP currency must first be loaded onto the app/TipBot platform. The main selling point of the app versus other mobile wallets, such as Toast, is that users can use their existing TipBot credentials with the app, and unify their tipping across devices.
XRP and Ripple, TipBot and Coil, Bill and Melinda Gates
TipBot was recently in the news for announcing integration with Coil, which is the brainchild of former Ripple (the company) chief technology officer Stefan Thomas.
I am very proud to announce the integration of @Coil with @XRPTipBot 🍻 Congratulations to the @Coil team with their #launch, and special thanks to @sharafian_ and @baltazar223 🎉 - Register at https://t.co/lHA0z47mvW, and Top-up / auto-donate when you visit a donation page 😍 pic.twitter.com/g4yX0mginM— Wietse Wind (@WietseWind) August 28, 2018
Coil, similarly to Brave, aims solve the problem of paying people on the web for content they produce, and batter down the ads and paywalls that hamstring the Internet. Coil’s first attempt at solving this is to set up a “flat-rate subscription for consumers which will allow them to support creators, breeze past paywalls, see less ads, and unlock additional features and content.”
CryptoGlobe recently reported that Coil was collaborating with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Mojaloop, an “open-source software for financial services companies, government regulators, and others taking on the challenges of interoperability and financial inclusion” (whose website notably is not https secure).