By now, we’ve all heard about Bitcoin, one of many cryptocurrencies that are now commonplace in the realm of the internet. The rise and various falls of Bitcoin brought crypotocurrenicies into the mainstream collective consciousness, spawning a huge explosion of new cryptocurrencies. One of those is Dogecoin, a fairly new alternative to Bitcoin, built on the same open source structure of the quasi-mainstream virtual currency. Dogecoin is truly borne of the internet, its namesake coming directly from an internet meme which blew up in 2013.
So, you wanna mine Dogecoin. Such coins! Great news! While the most common and fruitful way to dig for the altcoins is with a PC, it is possible to mine Dogecoins from anywhere, using your Android smartphone. A number of Android apps exist which will allow you to mine all colors of altcoins, including Dogecoins. You’ll want to sign up with a mining pool and create a Dogecoin wallet before you get started, which takes a little bit of work. While I won’t go into detail on how to do that here, you can find a whole bunch of resources here, including a beginner’s guide which will get you set up with Dogecoin.
There are a few Android apps out there which mine Dogecoin, and I tried out Coin Miner Pro. The app is simple and lightweight, and gets the job done. Paid and free trial versions of the app are available, with the paid version carrying a fair $1.44 pricetag. Not only can you mine Dogecoins with the app, but it supports mining of Bitcoin, Litecoin and any of its variants and supports the stratum mining protocol. The app will work on any Android device running Android 2.2 and up.
This app is a great way to get started mining Dogecoin, even if it’s not as powerful as mining on a PC. Keep in mind that older devices, especially ones with single core processors will run very slowly, mining almost nothing at all. Newer devices, ones with quad-core processor perform quite well, but are still leagues behind the power of a desktop. But it’s still a kick, and an interesting proof of concept. And who knows, maybe your little bits of Dogecoins will get you to the moon someday.
Head to the Google Play Store to check out Coin Miner Pro now! Wow, such coins!