Opera Browser Introduces Built-in Crypto Wallet

Announcements, News | July 11, 2018 By:

Opera web browser has introduced a private beta version that will include a built-in crypto wallet.

The private beta version, which will be availble on Android devices, combines easy-to-use crypto wallet functionality with support for ethereum decentralized apps (Dapps). The company is planning to support more cryptocurrencies and networks in the future.

“We believe the web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow,” said Charles Hamel, Product Lead of Opera Crypto. “This is why we have chosen to use our browser to bridge the gap. We think that with a built-in crypto wallet, the browser has the potential to renew and extend its important role as a tool to access information, make transactions online and manage users’ online identity in a way that gives them more control.”

Users now will be able to make online payments with cryptocurrency where merchants support exists. Users that choose to pay for their order using cryptocurrency on Coinbase Commerce-enabled merchants will be presented with a payment request dialog, asking them for their signature. The payment will then be signed and transmitted directly from the browser.

Hamel said that they’ve decided to support ethereum because it has the largest community of developers building Dapps and has gathered a lot of momentum behind it.

“As this is a very nascent app ecosystem, we’ve also added a “Dapp Explorer” to our browser, which help users discover Dapps,” Hamel said. “This is accessible from the wallet’s main view as well as from the Speed Dial, shown when opening the browser. It contains a list curated by Opera and we will keep updating it.”

In addition, Opera has also added support for tokens and collectibles, such as CryptoKitties. The company believes this will have big implications for online gaming and digital marketplaces and will grow in use in the near future. More ERC721 collectibles will be added in the coming releases.