Desktop Browser With Built-In Crypto Wallet Released By Opera Browser

Announcements, News | April 10, 2019 By:

Web browser Opera has released the desktop version of its browser with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet.

In December 2018, Opera introduced the crypto wallet to the Opera browser for Android. The built-in crypto wallet allows users to make online payments with cryptocurrency where merchants support exists.

In a blog post, Opera announced the launch of its desktop browser Opera 60 – codenamed Reborn 3 – which features a native crypto wallet, dubbed Opera Wallet, and a Web 3 explorer.

“Opera now also includes Web 3-support and a Crypto Wallet, an important new feature,” the company said. “It allows you to browse and make transactions the blockchain-based Internet of the future, also known as Web 3. This makes Opera the first ever Web 3-ready computer browser. Combined with a built-in VPN and ad blocker, Opera gives you all the tools you need to be in control of your digital life.”

According to Opera, the Web 3 explorer feature allows users to access applications on the ethereum blockchain also known as dApps. While the Crypto Wallet will allow users to store cryptocurrency, tokens and collectibles in the Opera desktop browser.

“The desktop version syncs with the Crypto Wallet in the Opera browser for Android,” Opera said. “This means wallet keys never leave your smartphone. In practice, whenever you need to identify yourself to a Web 3 website or sign a transaction on the blockchain, you will get a notification on their smartphone. You’ll be able to confirm it in the same way you unlock your system, using, for example, facial recognition or a fingerprint.”

In addition, Opera also launched a marketing campaign called “Escape” that aims to help and teach users how to protect their digital lives from tracking.

“We have designed our Opera browsers to give users more control of their information than any other browser available,” the company said. “With features like VPN, ad blocking, and Crypto Wallet built in to the browser, our users can control their own information and choose to turn off the noise that distracts them from getting where they’re going. We believe the choice to reclaim control for ourselves is of utmost importance, especially in today’s world.”