Brian Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of Coinbase
Brian Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of Coinbase. Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has started the year by releasing a Coinbase Pro application for Android devices, the firm said in a blog post on 7 January.

According to the announcement, Coinbase Pro customers can now use the new Android app in more than 100 countries, and have access to the more than 50 trading pairs the exchange offers. The Android version of Coinbase Pro comes only 3 months after its iOS version was released, which purportedly had a great success.

The exchange commented in the blog post:

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“Since the launch of the Coinbase Pro mobile app in October, it has become clear that our customers want to trade on the go. In just over eight weeks, we’ve seen hundreds of millions in trade volume via the mobile platform. Through the app, these trades are also taking fewer steps and less time for the user to execute compared the desktop experience.”

Coinbase did not stop there though. The exchange also made some updates to both the Android and iOS versions, which now have access to new features such as crypto and fiat currency deposit and withdrawals, as well as additional security features. Both apps offer the same features, such as real-time candles, depth charts, order books and advanced order types.

Even though Coinbase Pro just released its Android app version it still needs to be careful, considering the recent bans and restrictions on decentralized applications (dapps).

Towards the end of last year, major Ethereum crypto wallet and dapp platform MetaMask was removed from the Google Play app store. Last week, after a supposedly careful consideration, the mobile app was permitted back on Google’s app store.

Coinbase may also soon be forced to remove the dapp browser functionality from its iOS app, in order to comply with App Store policy. On 29 December the exchange’s CEO, Brian Armstrong, wrote on Reddit that “Apple seems to be eliminating usage of dapps from the App Store”.

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