Airbitz New Release Lets Users Choose Their Node Allegiances

By Wilma Woo Apr 25, 2017 1:00 PM EDT

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Bitcoin wallet provider and security platform Airbitz has released an update allowing users to choose which nodes they connect to.

Airbitz: Choice Is Part Of ‘Bitcoin Ethos’

In a post Monday, the company cited “choice” as part of the “Bitcoin ethos” as motivation for letting wallet holders decide the nodes they want to relay transactions with.

Our latest release, v 2.4.1, is now out in iOS and Android! https://t.co/uj5wo0hAOq pic.twitter.com/KExIodjODP

— Airbitz Inc (@Airbitz) April 25, 2017

“We realize that part of the Bitcoin ethos is choice, and while consensus eventually needs to be met, the process by which we get there involves a vote on how to move the protocol forward,” the post reads.

Airbitz hopes to enable users to exercise their vote and support their protocol implementation of choice.

Scaling-Heavy But Still Neutral?

The move appears heavily tied to the ongoing Bitcoin scaling debate. Airbitz users can now select whether to use nodes supporting a specific solution, such as Bitcoin Core, Bitcoin Unlimited or Bitcoin Classic.

The wallet provider has traditionally taken a neutral stance towards any one solution, criticizing those taking sides at the expense of progress.

“At Airbitz, we do not take a stance on preferring one implementation of bitcoin over another,” a previous blog post from March read.

Instead, we believe the industry needs both bigger blocks, like Bitcoin Unlimited proposes, and scaling solutions, such as Segregated Witness from Bitcoin Core.

It added at the time that a hard fork of the Bitcoin network “is both unlikely to happen, and unlikely to result in the continued existence of the weaker chain.”

No Full User Control

The latest incarnation of the wallet meanwhile privileges connection quality over customer preferences.

“The Airbitz architecture by default connects to various Electrum based public bitcoin

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