Opera To Add Crypto Wallet Support On Desktop Browser

Announcements, News | August 8, 2018 By:

Opera Ltd, the makers of Opera browser, is bringing support for its built-in crypto wallet to its desktop browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Last month, the company released a new version of the Opera browser for Android that comes with a built-in crypto wallet, which allows users to make online payments with cryptocurrency where merchants support exists. It currently supports ETH, ERC-20 tokens and ERC-721 collectibles. Opera has now decided to add this functionality to its PC browser, citing “strong interest” and an “overwhelmingly positive response from the crypto community” to the mobile crypto wallet.

“By adding a crypto wallet directly into the browser, we removed the need for complex extensions or separate apps,” said Charles Hamel, Product Lead of Opera Crypto. “Opening up the PC browser to crypto marks Opera’s second step towards making cryptocurrencies and Web 3.0 mainstream.”

Opera said that the PC browser wallet roll-out is designed to tackle two main issues for its users. Firstly, users will no longer need to install and set up a crypto wallet extension in their PC browser. All they will need to do is to connect their desktop browser to their existing crypto wallet-enabled mobile app by scanning a QR code. This will grant them access to their mobile wallet with cryptocurrencies and collectibles. Secondly, the phone’s secure system lock will be used to store the keys, allowing people to sign transactions with their fingerprints instead of using long passphrases.

“Opera PC browser users will gain access to the crypto wallet present in their mobile Opera for Android browser,” the company said. “This means they will be able to browse Web 3.0 and use Dapps on their computers while signing payments securely with their fingerprint on their phones.”

Opera added that the decision to open up it’s desktop browsers to a crypto wallet is part of the company’s long-term strategy of meeting the needs of more demanding users with built-in features. Opera is planning to roll out several updates to the crypto wallet program across its mobile and desktop browsers in coming months.

“At Opera, we try to stay at the forefront of innovation,” said Krystian Kolondra, Opera’s EVP Browsers. “Our next aim is to make crypto-integration mainstream. We believe blockchain technology has the power to transform the web of tomorrow and expect it to make a big difference in the years to come.”