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Opera adds cryptocurrency wallet to its web browser on Android

Opera says it wants to make it easier to manage and build around cryptocurrency.

  • Published: July 11, 2018 5:04 PM IST
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Opera wants to help users manage their cryptocurrency with the help of a built-in digital wallet on Android. The company has added ‘Crypto Wallet’ as a new feature on its Android browser and is currently being tested as a private beta.

There are a number of cryptocurrency wallets out there for both Android and iOS users, but not every service concentrates on ease of use. With Crypto Wallet, Opera says it has built the feature right into the browser for ease of use. Those using Opera browser on Android will be able to easily switch between surfing the web and making cryptocurrency transactions. This will help especially when you visit a website that accepts virtual currency for products or services.

The Cryto Wallet supports tokens and collectibles including CryptoKitties. It integrates with Ethereum Web3 API and users will be able to visit decentralized web apps known as Dapps that have been built with the Ethereum blockchain. One of the key features of the app is that it does away with PIN, numbers and passcode to sign transactions. The app instead relies on biometrics such as the fingerprint sensor found on your phone.

Cryptocurrency, which started its exponential rise last year, has now become more easier to procure thanks to launch of new virtual currency like Ethereum and rise of exchanges. With Crypto Wallet, Opera envisions that more consumers and merchants will begin to use and build ecosystems around cryptocurrencies.

“Paying with the Crypto Wallet is like sending digital cash straight from your phone, and we’ve just made it easier,” Opera cryptocurrency product lead Charles Hamel said in a 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,” he added.

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Those testing the feature can access the crypto wallet by going to the browser’s right-hand corner and clicking on the “O” icon. Opera was one of the first to release a feature that blocked website from using CPU resources to mine cryptocurrencies and now, it is making it easier to transact and maintain the virtual currency.

  • Published Date: July 11, 2018 5:04 PM IST