- User will now be able to make transactions in bitcoin
- The Web 3 application is an evolution to a more intelligent web
- Transactions are signed and verified manually
Web browser Opera has added support for Bitcoin and TRON blockchain for its cryptocurrency wallet application. The addition will enable users to make transactions using BTC and TRX.
Fulfill Its Web 3 Ambitions
The company made the announcement via an official blog post on July 10, 2019, saying the beta version of Opera, a popular web browser with a built-in adblocker and VPN for Android [version 53], will enable users to send and receive bitcoin and TRON besides enabling web pages to make bitcoin transactions. Opera has been supporting the Ethereum blockchain and ERC ether tokens.
According to the blog post, the addition of bitcoin and TRON is helping to ready the company to fulfill its Web 3 ambitions. Opera said in December 2018 it became the first major browser to include a native Crypto Wallet and web 3 explorer. The firm stated:
“These new features let people make transactions and interact with the blockchain-based internet of the future, also known as Web 3.”
Connecting Users with Digital Services
“Web 3” is a term that has been used in the past to refer to efforts that are focused in the development of a semantic internet but is currently used to refer to the evolution of a more intelligent, open and distributed web. The firm said in May 2019 it intended to integrate the use of blockchain, decentralized computing, and cryptocurrencies.
Opera’s evolving cryptocurrency wallet and Web 3-powered browsers include a desktop version as well as an early access program dubbed Opera Touch for iOS. “Web 3” intends to become a fully decentralized version of the Internet running on blockchain technology. Describing Web 3 in a Medium post in 2018, a partner at Griffith Ventures and chairman of the Internet Blockchain Foundation Matteo Gianpietro Zago stated:
“On the surface, the learning curve from 2.0 to 3.0 will be gentle. But behind the scenes, the framework connecting users with digital services are markedly different. Transactions are signed and verified manually, to prevent platforms from siphoning away personal information without due cause. Web users will opt-in rather than trying — and often failing — to opt out.”
By adding two major blockchains, Opera is delving deeper into its strategy to make Web 3 a more inclusive and user-friendly application for people all over the world. Users that are interested in the Bitcoin and TRON integration can download the Opera browser beta from Google Play even though it is only supported on devices with Android 6.0 or higher.