Given that I’m new to the whole Bitcoin arena, I’m perfectly aware that there’s huge potential for me to be scammed. And just in general, I keep in mind the phrase “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
So, with that in mind, I decided to look into some Bitcoin and Dogecoin apps, specifically for Android devices. There are, naturally, quite a few, such as Flap Pig, Bitcoin Billionaire, and Bitcoin Fighter.
The bitcoin app that I’ve used the most so far is called BitMaker, and it’s technically a bitcoin faucet (albeit one that drips very slowly). Oh Lord, the jokes… (But I digress.)
You can also download the app from BitMaker’s official site. How does it work? First, you have to connect it to one of your bitcoin wallet addresses in order to earn anything. As you can see in the screenshot above, the interface is relatively simple. The counter starts at 30:00, and each time it gets to 0:00, you’ll see an ad (from which the bitcoins come).
Thankfully (in my opinion, anyway), BitMaker has both “day” and “night” modes. In the day mode, the ads have audio (which can get annoying if you forget that the app is running). On the contrary, in the night mode, they’re just single-frame, silent ads.
If the app is working correctly, you should earn 500 Satoshi each time one of the ads plays. Granted, 1 Satoshi = 0.00000001 Bitcoin, so it can take quite a while to actually earn a single Bitcoin. It seems, as well, that as you start to earn more Satoshi, you have to watch several more ads per 30 minutes in order to gain the rewards (which can also be irritating sometimes).
And if you’re wondering, “Is this a scam?” Well, no – at least in the sense that you do actually get paid at the end, but yes, in the sense that you won’t become a Bitcoin Billionaire overnight. Honestly, I never expected that; on the other hand, I’ve technically earned my first Bitcoin through this app, so that’s not too bad!
In addition to the “normal” way of producing bitcoins, the app has an option called “Earn More,” in which you can sign up for various services and earn bitcoins in return. For example, one offer is “Sign up for Rhapsody Music Player now!” for which you supposedly earn 21,250 Satoshi. These offers, unfortunately, reek of spam, so I’d be very careful about taking any of them – but you can try them out if you get impatient with the “500 Satoshi” method.
All things considered, I like BitMaker – it’s not a “get rich quick scheme,” but you will earn a fair amount over time. Although sometimes I feel like this:
Try it out, though. It does work well if you’re looking to earn your first few satoshi/bitcoins.
DogeRain. Such Coin. So Shiny. Much Collect.
As those of you who use DogeCoin at all know, it was designed to be more “fun” than bitcoin, and I have to agree that it is.
And DogeRain fits right in with that concept. It’s more or less along the lines of a DogeCoin faucet, in which you share DogeCoins with others who have the app.
In the interface, you swipe upward from the coin at the bottom, and depending on your settings, others using the app will receive DogeCoins as a result. (And when you send coins, the app says things like “So! Many! Coin! Doge!” in true meme fashion.
In the settings under “Rain Mode,” you have the choice of “active gets most,” “nearby gets most,” or “all get equal.” I’ve found that if you use the “all get equal” setting, you seem to receive the most coins in return.
Occasionally, I’ve had problems receiving any coins, but it may be because I don’t have that many to begin with, or because fewer people near me are active on the app. Again, as with BitMaker, it’s not as easy as it sounds to just rake in the coins. Over time, and with experience, you can probably collect a lot more – I’d like to be that person in the screenshot above, actually!
You can see it in action here: DogeRain in Action (it’s an older version of the app, but the same idea applies).
So, while I may not have earned tons of DogeCoin yet, I have to say that the app is at least fun to use, and I plan on taking advantage of it more, if at all possible.
You know, come to think of it – there are loads of other apps like these out there…so I’m off to the crypto-world again!