May 2020 update – Bitcoin.com wallet app for Android does not label BCH as the “the real” Bitcoin anymore.
The two currencies are clearly labeled as different things and there are separate buttons to buy each:
Thus, the article below is obsolete and has been redacted.
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Bitcoin.com web wallet was known for its’s controversy and some claimed it was promoting Bitcoin Cash (BCH) over the actual Bitcoin (BTC). We’ve touched it in the previous Bitcoin.com review. The Bitcoin.com wallet was consistently getting bad reviews, here’s the amount of 1 star responses it had in 2018 now:
At some point the Bitcoin.com wallet was removed from Google PlayStore, but it came back later. The users are continuing to leave consistently bad reviews about it:
Is the Bitcoin.com wallet really scammy and misleading? Live test
Some commenters have been saying that Bitcoin.com wallet does not deserve all the heat as they do not misrepresent cryptocurrencies.
That is, they leave the BTC option clearly visible for users and so on.
We’ve decided to install the Bitcoin.com wallet to see if it’s really legit or not.
Here’s a step-by-step process of installing the Bitcoin.com wallet: Google Play installation. All good. First app launch Creating wallets… seems OK …and we’re in the dashboard of the Bitcoin.com wallet.
BCH is listed above BTC, it’s questionable, but not outright scammy.
The name “Bitcoin core” sounds as if it’s another fork, but I guess some could live with that.
Let’s click “buy Bitcoin” – sic – BITCOIN – and see where that takes us:
Not connecting anything, just going the default way… Tap “buy with a credit card” OK, let’s go. Tapping “buy Bitcoin” and getting redirected to their website (Bitcoin.com) in the browser: Voila… Bitcoin Cash is RECOMMENDED? By whom, why? That’s actually the misleading part.
This is where the notorious Bitcoin.com substitution happens. That little recommended word under BCH is a clear example of why the Bitcoin community considers Bitcoin.com an unreliable, misleading website.
Sure, BCH may be recommended by Bitcoin.com, but it’s not THE bitcoin that newcomers are after buying. It’s not the Bitcoin that makes the news or buys almost anything.
Verdict: Bitcoin.com wallet, that is the Android app itself, is not outright scammy, though it labels BTC “bitcoin core”, as if it’s just another fork, which is strange.
However, when you try to buy Bitcoin with a credit card you are getting to a misleading page that favors BCH over BTC.
This could fool first-time Bitcoin users into buying BCH instead of BTC.
BitPay and CoPay wallets removed from Google Play
In other news, Bitpay and Copay wallets have been taken down from the PlayStore as well: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/9fbaup/bitpay_taken_down_from_the_play_store/ We covered problems with BitPay recently – they encourage BCH use by adding arbitrary extra fees to all BTC payments – read the BitPay problems review here. Ironically, BitPay is also founded by Roger Ver, the notorious promoter of the BCH fork as “satoshis vision”. There is too much controversy surrounding these ordinary per se products, so it’s not really a big deal if they get removed from Google’s market or not. There are a lot of great Bitcoin wallets and crypto payment gateways to use instead of Bitcoin.com wallet and BitPay. It would only be interesting to learn the official reasons why Google removed them, hopefully someone will leak that eventually – follow us on Twitter to stay tuned!