Web browser Opera has launched a built-in cryptocurrency wallet on its Android app, the company announced today at an event in London. Users can use the cryptocurrency wallet by first downloading Opera on Android and then purchasing ether tokens. From there, users can access a selection of mini apps inside the browser. The wallet will first support ethereum, with support for other coins likely to come later on in the near future. Opera further adds that it relies on the Android operating system’s secure system lock to sign transactions from the Crypto Wallet, so users don’t need to create new PIN codes or passwords to start using the wallet.
Crypto Wallet just made it Easier.
Charles Hamel, Product Lead of Opera Crypto commented, “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.”
Users can get started with the cryptocurrency wallet by downloading the latest version of the Opera browser for Android. After that, users are ready to go. The beta version of the app only currently supports ETH, ERC-20 tokens and ERC-721 collectibles. However, the developers plan to add support for additional cryptocurrencies in the future after just testing to see how the community reacts.
The browser also supports Ethereum DApps and the web3 api. It will enable users to make transactions online and also securely store their digital tokens within the browser itself. In the future, the browser’s wallet may support other cryptocurrencies. But the company clarified it isn’t yet ready to commit to such an announcement.
Here to stay.
Opera first announced it was testing such a feature back in July. By now, cryptocurrency prices have taken a large fall. As compared to the price spikes at the end of last year.
Unfortunately for iOS users, at the moment it is only the Android version that has the built-in Ethereum wallet available. Furthermore, the Opera browser’s cryptocurrency wallet only supports Ethereum at launch. But Opera has intentions to support other cryptocurrencies in the future.
Furthermore Hamel added, “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.”