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Edge - Bitcoin & Crypto Wallet

latest release: 2.4.0 ( 24th October 2021 ) last analysed  10th November 2019 Failed to build from source provided! 
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The Analysis 

Edge - Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, Ripple Wallet is the successor of Airbitz and claims to be non-custodial and open source.

The Playstore description points to this link as their open source, where we are greeted with “This organization has no public repositories.”. Not good. But … above we find *** WE'VE MOVED. See github.com/EdgeApp *** and sure enough, this looks better.

So here we have to give up for now. We cannot find any claim of verifiability of the builds but worse, the wording of the build Requirements doesn’t sound as if it was well established what was needed to successfully build the wallet at all.

Edge is known to build with this exact tool set. Updated versions of these toolsets may break the build or app. If you have issues, try mirroring these exact versions.

Android Studio 3.1.3 is a requirement? Version 3.5.1 being the current version I would not be too happy to down-grade but for our standards of verification being easy, we would probably require the verification to be possible to automate meaning to at least work head-less in a docker container for example. A Docker container would allow to define all the versions nicely and we hope the wallet will provide such verification support soon.

Lastly the app can currently not be verified because the playstore version 1.10.1 is ahead of the latest tag published on GitHub being 1.9.8.


This wallet is currently not verifiable.


Verdict Explained

We encountered a build error while compiling from source code!

As part of our Methodology, we ask:

Can the product be built from the source provided? If not, we tag it Build Error! 

Published code doesn’t help much if the app fails to compile.

We try to compile the published source code using the published build instructions into a binary. If that fails, we might try to work around issues but if we consistently fail to build the app, we give it this verdict and open an issue in the issue tracker of the provider to hopefully verify their app later.

The product cannot be independently verified. If the provider puts your funds at risk on purpose or by accident, you will probably not know about the issue before people start losing money. If the provider is more criminally inclined he might have collected all the backups of all the wallets, ready to be emptied at the press of a button. The product might have a formidable track record but out of distress or change in management turns out to be evil from some point on, with nobody outside ever knowing before it is too late.