Opera Browser Launches Built-In Desktop Cryptocurrency WalletAug 9, 2018, 1:30PM
The desktop wallet will follow Opera's earlier decision to create a built-in cryptocurrency wallet for its mobile Android users.
Cryptocurrency is one step closer to mainstream adoption as Opera Ltd, the Norwegian firm behind the popular Opera browser, announces plans to include a built-in cryptocurrency wallet with its new desktop browser. This wallet is integrated with the platform's Android mobile app, and it will allow users to securely store cryptocurrencies without needing to download any third party extensions.
Opera is a well-established internet browser currently used by around 322 million people. While not as widely known as Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer, Opera has several unique features that set it apart from the competition. Many of these features, such as a built-in VPN, make the browser well-suited for privacy-conscious cryptocurrency users.
A Synchronized Suite of Cryptocurrency Services
The desktop wallet will follow Opera's earlier decision to create a built-in cryptocurrency wallet for its mobile Android users. The Android wallet supports Ethereum and Ethereum-based value tokens known as ERC-20s. The Android wallet is also integrated with Ethereum's Web3 API, and this may eventually lead to a situation where Ethereum's decentralized applications can be made accessible through the browser.
The new desktop wallet will be synchronized with the Opera's Android wallet, and Opera hopes it will help bring crypto into the mainstream.
Krystian Kolondra, the firm's EVP of Browsers added in a press release,
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.
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