Opera for Android’s latest version has introduced an easy-to-use and built-in cryptocurrency wallet service to the browser. This version is currently available in a private beta. It simply means that none of the Opera’s 322 million base users across all platforms would need to install separate extensions to deal with crypto payments on their devices.
According to the developers, this version of Opera was designed to be simpler than most current crypto wallets. Last year, they had already implemented an anti-mining security feature, on which Opera relies to ensure secure transactions from the Crypto Wallet. Users don’t need to create new PIN codes or passwords before using their wallets.
Charles Hamel, Product Lead of Opera Crypto said, “Having a Crypto Wallet in the browser brings the cash experience to the world of online payments.” “Paying with the Crypto Wallet is like sending digital cash straight from your phone, and we’ve just made it easier. This opens up new possibilities for merchants and content creators alike.”
The version currently supports ETH, ERC-20 tokens and ERC-721 collectibles (which it automatically presents to the user). The developers have it in mind to add support for more cryptocurrencies, just after they would have tested the waters and how the community reacts. Opera’s Crypto Wallet has a built-in support for the Ethereum Web3 API; the Norwegian browser maker hopes it will encourage the creation of decentralized apps (dapps).
Hamel said, “We believe the web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow.” “By becoming the first major browser to open up to Web 3.0, we would like to contribute to making the internet of the future more accessible. Our hope is that this will accelerate the transition of cryptocurrencies from speculation and investment to being used for actual payments and transactions in our users’ daily lives.”