Opera Launching Crypto Wallet For Its Web Browser
In a web browser first, Opera will become the first of it’s kind to implement a cryptocurrency wallet into it’s browser application on Android and PC.
On July 11th, Opera announced they would be soon releasing an Android beta release for their Opera Browser, which would include a built in crypto wallet making it easy for people to have access to their coins and trade with them.
Part of their post, from product lead Charles Hamel reads:
“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.”
This is good news for those running Opera as you won’t need to bother with extensions from 3rd parties or entirely separate applications, simplifying the process for managing assets and making it increasingly easier for people to have access to cryptocurrencies. The wallet will be based on the Ethereum network and use the Wep3 API standard. Opera included a video demonstration of this in action on their YouTube channel.
Fast forward to today, and their beta for Android was a success. Having expanded their beta to more people and even allowing the same functionality on their PC browser. The PC client and Android browser will sync together, and on the mobile side, you’ll be able to authenticate yourself via biometrics like a fingerprint sensor ‘instead of using long passphrases’ without compromising on security. To setup the PC browser, all you’ll need to do is scan a QR code with the mobile app and you’ll be ready to go.
This is part of their goal to bring Web 3.0 mainstream, as quoted here:
“Opening up the PC browser to crypto marks Opera’s second step towards making cryptocurrencies and Web 3.0 mainstream.”
There is no timeline as of yet as to when it’ll hit PC browsers, but according to the announcement we should expect it to come ‘In the near future”
Many hope that we don't see a repetition of the large doubt behind wallets backed by public figures or companies, like with what happened regarding John McAfee.