The Opera web browser for Android has shown to be more than willing to adapt to the new cryptocurrency fad which was sweeping the world, with built-in-tools which prevent sites from using your device to mine crypto coins, every time when you utilize them.
Now, it has decided that it is not enough, and it is launching a private beta version which is going to include a built-in-crypto wallet which does not rely on separate apps of extensions. Opera prepares itself to give the users of Android a built-in crypto wallet, which is the latest in its line of tools for cryptocurrencies.
Opera crypto wallet is currently available for the beta version of Opera for Android.
Opera has already entered the crypto sphere, as both their web and their mobile browsers have included anti-cryptojacking software since January this year. This new version is going to add a brand new storage solution for Ethereum, its tokens, and various collectibles. Now, those that hold more foreign digital assets usually have to fumble through annoying extensions or use multiple wallets to conduct transactions.
For now, it is only ready for the beta version of Opera for Android, but the wallet itself is designed to lower the barrier of entry for people that are getting started with this cryptocurrency thing, no matter if they are users or developers. The crypto wallet of Opera is going to support Ethereum Web3 API, and it is going to be integrated with a “default WebView” on top. The wallet will also automatically add tokens and collectibles into the wallet. It gives the developers more of an incentive for creating Web3 decentralized apps (Dapps). When it comes to making crypto payments, Opera also promises that it is just as easy as using any other mobile payment system.
It even uses the secure system lock of Android to sign cryptocurrency transactions directly from the browser, which means that the users are going to have one less PIN or password to write down on paper, commit to memory far away from any potentially compromised electronics, as well as destroy in an industrial shredder later.
Even though there was a widespread enthusiasm, Web 3.0 is still full of intimidating interfaces, as well as endless security concern with poor usability. What usually results is at odds with the marketing hype spun by the supposedly next generation decentralized platforms. The time is going to prove whether the new crypto wallet of Opera will inspire more user-friendly and reliable Dapps.
Charles Hamel, lead product manager of Opera.
The lead product manager of Opera Crypto, named Charles Hamel said that having a crypto wallet in the browser brings the cash experience to the world of online payments. He said that paying with the crypto wallet is just like sending digital cash straight from your phone and they have just made it more accessible. This opens some new possibilities for merchants and content creators alike.
They also think that the web of today is going to be the interface to the decentralized network of tomorrow. With becoming the first main browser to open Web 3.0, he said that they would like to contribute in making the internet of the future more accessible. They hope that this is going to accelerate the transition of cryptocurrencies from speculation, as well as investment to being used for actual payments and transactions in the everyday lives of people.
Android Opera Mini Browser launched in 2015
Opera launched their Android Opera Mini Browser in 2015, having the intention of growing its user base to 250 million by last year. According to some data from June this year on Wikipedia, Opera has 3.5% usage share for all browsers globally, a 4.55% usage share for mobile browsers globally. The Opera Mini also has a 55% share of tablet browsers around the world as of February this year.
Till the end of June, there were some unconfirmed rumors which said that stock and crypto trading Robinhood is going to be expanding in launching a crypto wallet after the company posted a job advertisement for cryptocurrency engineers.
Opera started rolling out the crypto wallet-equipped version of its browser to select testers in a private beta test. Hopefully, the new tool is going to be available to everyone shortly.
Opera was gearing up to help make the new internet mainstream for a while, as well. Earlier in 2018, they also beefed up their desktop browser to protect against over 50 cryptojackers and updated their inbuilt currency converter to support several significant cryptocurrencies.