Opera Becomes First Browser to Include a Native Crypto Wallet
By Marianne White
Opera is a web browser used for Windows, macOS, and Linux developed by the Norwegian company Opera AS. They launched in 2015 with the goal of growing their user base to over 250 million by 2017. As of June 2018, Opera has 3.5% usage share for all browsers, a 4.55% usage share for mobile browsers, and .55% share of the tablet browsers globally.
The popular Android browser is now launching a private beta version with a built-in crypto wallet according to a press release from July, 11th. The company has been interested in the crypto community since January when both the web and mobile browsers included anti-cryptojacking software built-in.
Furthermore, the press release stated that the crypto wallet will support an Ethereum Web3 API and be integrated with a “default WebView”. Tokens/collectibles will automatically add into the wallet. Charles Hamel, the product manager said, “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.” Hamel and the Opera team want to be open to Web 3.0 and make the future of the internet more accessible to everyone that uses their browser. Opera wants their users to have a seamless transition from traditional digital payment systems to the ever-growing cryptocurrency systems.
Competition follows popular new developments and this is no different. Shortly after the Opera announcement, rumors started circulating that Robinhood, the cryptocurrency trading app, would be launching its own crypto wallet. These rumors started swirling after the company had posted some job advertisements for cryptocurrency engineers. It’ll be interesting to see the potential successes for both platforms and their crypto wallets.