Bitcoin users can now access the Lightning Network (LN) through their mobile devices, thanks to a new release from French cryptocurrency startup ACINQ.
On Wednesday, the Paris-based developer released the first mainnet version of Eclair Wallet, a mobile Lightning wallet compatible with Android devices versions 5.0 and up. The app is the first mobile wallet to add LN support, a key development given that one of the LN’s chief use cases is everyday payments.
Eclair — which is written in Scala — is one of three current LN implementations. Lnd, which is being developed by Lightning Labs, is written in Go, while c-lightning — developed by Blockstream — is written in C.