Opera begins roll-out of crypto wallet facility to its desktop browser

Web browser Opera expands its innovative crypto wallet beta testing to include PC users, offering integration with its Android mobile system that allows Ethereum payments and dApp access.

While it only holds a little over 3% of the total browser market across the globe, Opera has consistently been innovative in terms of the new features it has offered its dedicated user-base. Over the last 20 years this has included debuting features that we now take for granted in all our browsers – Tabs, browser sessions, pop-up blockers and Speed Dial are all things that appeared on Opera first, but were made mainstream by Explorer and Chrome.

The latest innovation from the team behind the almost criminally ignored software is the inclusion of a native crypto wallet, giving its users the ability to pay directly from their desktops and phones as they surf the web, as well as check out and use Ethereum-based dApps.

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The wallet has been available as part of a beta version of the Opera Android mobile browser since it was initially announced on July 11th, but will now be rolled out to a wider audience through integration with the PC version of its desktop software, according to a press release from the Opera team.

It’s a move they think will remove “one of the biggest hurdles preventing cryptocurrencies from being adopted by the mainstream”, following an “overwhelmingly positive” from the crypto-community.

Users of the beta won’t need to install and set up any extensions for their PC browser to provide the wallet. Syncing between the already existing mobile facility and their PC will achieved by scanning a QR code from their monitor. Private keys will be stored on the mobile device, protected by its security features – allowing online transactions to be signed-off with fingerprint confirmation.

Opera Crypto’s product lead, Charles Hamel says that: “Opening up the PC browser to crypto marks Opera’s second step towards making cryptocurrencies and Web 3.0 mainstream. Some users prefer to perform crypto payments or interact with Dapps on their desktop. They can now do so in a simple way by using the same wallet they have on their mobile phone.”

As well as being able to send Ethereum wallet-to-wallet and use dApps, the Opera mobile wallet supports online payments with Coinbase Commerce-enabled merchants. While previous blogs by the company back up our own anecdotal evidence, and other research, that options in this area are very limited, the Opera team has said it thinks “cryptocurrency payments will become more popular in the near future, as crypto wallets become easier to use and understand.”

If you would like to test out the new crypto wallet facility, you will need – of course – an Android phone and a Google or G Suite email account. If you have both, you can sign up for the beta at opera.com/crypto.

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