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If you are a regular crypto user who happens to use Opera browser then there are some great news that might be especially beneficial to you: The latest version of the Opera browser on Android (presently in private beta) now incorporates a built-in Crypto Wallet!
That makes Opera the first major browser to assimilate such a feature. And, justifiably, the company is quite proud of its new integration.
We believe the web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow. 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.
The integrated crypto wallet is designed to be incredibly user-friendly and easy-to-use for the general public, which might not be particularly acquainted with the crypto world, and therefore this new possibility could potentially familiarize a plethora of new audiences with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. It’s not something to belittle when considering that Opera has approximately 350 million users all around the globe, or about 3.5% of the mobile browser share worldwide according to StatCounter.
The initial impression of the browser’s recent crypto wallet implementation does strike as incredibly accessible and simple.
Opera’s new crypto wallet supports Ethereum decentralized apps (Dapps) and the Ethereum Web3 API, which opens up many new avenues for crypto developers to easily connect with the Ethereum Network. It is not a mere coincidence that Opera decided to support Ethereum developers first; Ethereum has the largest community of active crypto developers due to its advanced characteristics, 30 times over (!) the next Blockchain community according to some estimates. But Opera doesn’t intend to stop just with Ethereum alone – the company plans to enable support to more cryptocurrencies and networks in the future.
Even though Opera is obviously not as popular as other browsers such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari which have much wider reach, it is certainly a breakthrough for cryptocurrencies and a strong vote of confidence in digital coins, and in that regard this move just might turn out to be the harbinger of crypto wallet implementation within browsers as a trivial built-in option and not merely as an opt-in extension. And why wouldn’t it be when considering that serious studies and researches surmise that cryptocurrencies may become a mainstream method of payment not very far from today?
If you wish to test the new Opera browser private beta preview for Android, you can request an invite on this page (remember to use the Google account that’s associated with Google Play).