- The App has been specifically designed for surfing and accessing Ethereum dApps
- The developers chose the Ethereum network because of its large community of dApps
- Opera hopes to make the App an entering wedge to enable mass adoption of cryptos
Opera has released its Web 3-ready android web browser designed for specifically surfing with the decentralized web. The browser which has built-in cryptocurrency wallet that supports Ethereum by default as its first cryptocurrency, and will enable Opera users to browse and access Decentralized Apps based in the Ethereum blockchain.
Built-in Support for Ethereum Dapps
They made the announcement on December 13, 2018, at Hard Fork Decentralized in London, making Opera the first mainstream browser that sports cryptocurrency and blockchain features.
The browser that has been available in beta fully supports Ethereum tokens via the network’s ERC-20 standard and offers support for ERC-721 collectibles like CryptoKitties, Ethereum-based Dapps or another Dapps that are accessible via the wallet. Charles Hamel, the product manager at Opera Crypto said in the company’s official blog post:
“Until now using cryptocurrencies online and accessing Web 3 required special apps or extensions, making it difficult for people to even try it out. Our new browser removes that friction.”
Hamel added that the latest product is almost similar to the beta version but the Apps user interface has been tweaked significantly to serve a larger audience after considering the feedback they received from their community. The updated version, according to the official, uses “less confusing language” and users take fewer steps when setting up the wallet. The firm revealed that it chose to initially support Ethereum owing to the network’s large community of developers building dApps who have created a huge momentum behind it.
Known as “Crypto Wallet,” it is directly integrated into the browser which makes switching between surfing and making a cryptocurrency transaction easy, especially is a person is visiting a website to make online purchases and wants to pay in crypto.
Opera Could Drive Mainstream Adoption
Opera Crypto, according to their official statement, sees their new wallet as an entering wedge for more consumers and merchants to start to begin a mass adoption for cryptocurrencies. The company says while paying for goods and services using cryptocurrencies is as simple as sending digital cash directly from your phone, with their initiative they have made it even simpler. Charles Hamel explained further in his statement:
“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.”
The initiative comes after the release of Opera 50 last January that has a feature that protects users’ computers CPU resources from being used by cryptojacking criminals to stealthily mine cryptocurrencies. In October Opera partnered with Ledger Capital to seek new applications and uses cases for blockchain and growth opportunities for tech with Opera’s products.