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When last month Opera announced the integration of a built-in crypto wallet in its browser for Android, it caused a lot of tumult in the crypto community – this was the first time that a major browser incorporated a fundamental element for digital currency payments. Now, Opera expands this integration into its desktop browser.
It seems that the built-in crypto wallet in Opera for Android earned a lot of popularity; Opera references it as a major factor in its decision to expand the wallet to its PC browser too:
After the overwhelmingly positive response of the crypto-community and users to the crypto wallet in Opera for Android, Opera has decided to open up its popular PC browser to the mobile crypto wallet.
Opera also cites two major hurdles that the new crypto wallet is designated to resolve: first, the necessity to install additional extensions in desktop browsers in order to use the user’s crypto wallet; second, the inconvenience of dealing with the long passphrases that are associated the user’s wallet. Instead, the integrated crypto wallet is already set within the browser, and it employs the smartphone’s fingerprint security system to set it up on the desktop browser as well (through QR code scanning) both to maintain a high level of security and to enable easy and fast transactions.
With over 320 million users, Opera knows it can markedly help connecting many more people to cryptocurrencies, and in fact, the company openly proclaims that it wishes to thrust forward blockchain technology and “make browser crypto wallets mainstream.” Krystian Kolondra, Opera’s EVP Browsers, released the following statement:
At Opera, we try to stay at the forefront of innovation. 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.
Indeed, an inherent crypto integration in browsers for mobile and desktop will unquestionably play a big role in ushering cryptocurrencies in the gates of the general masses and not just of relatively small enthusiastic crypto communities. The questions that Opera now leaves still unanswered in the virtual air are if, when and how the other major browsers would implement crypto features as well.