The Opera web browser for Android releases a private beta version that will feature a built-in cryptocurrency wallet, reported a press release released by Cointelegraph today, July 11th. Opera has already made its way into the crypto-verse, as both its site and its mobile navigators have been running software against cryptocurrency scams since January.
The Opera cryptocurrency wallet will withstand Ethereum Web3 API and be embedded with a “WebView by default” on the top. The announcement stated that the wallet would also add tokens and collectibles automatically to the portfolio.
Project Manager Charles Hamel pointed out that by “becoming the first major browser to open up to Web 3.0”, Opera is making “the Internet of the future more accessible.”
Opera aims to attract more users from the crypto market and support cryptocurrency payments
Our hope is that this will accelerate the transition from cryptocurrency from speculation and investment to being used for real payments and transactions in the daily lives of our users.
Charles Hamel, Opera cryptocurrency wallet’s Project Manager
Opera released its Android Opera Mini Browser in 2015, seeking to expand its user base to 250 million by 2017. As of June 2018, Opera has a 3.5 percent usage share for all browsers, around the world, while for its mobile version it Opera enjoys only a 4.55 percent usage share. In the end, Opera Mini has a shallow 0.55 percent share for tablet browsers usage, according to the stats released in February 2018.
The Opera representatives hope that the new cryptocurrency wallet they plan to implement in the upcoming versions of Opera for Android will significantly increase the popularity of the Internet browser among cryptocurrency enthusiasts.
We don’t know if Opera will indeed be able to attract more crypto users to its upcoming browser for Android with a cryptocurrency wallet, but this is undoubtedly one big step forward in the world of cryptos for the renowned Internet browser.
Jackson Bey was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta but moved east when he was 22. Apart from running his own consulting firm. Jackson spends his time canoeing the many lakes of Ontario. As a financial journalist Jackson has published stories for CBC Business Online, as well as Buzz Feed and Motherboard. As a contributor to Billionaire 365, Jackson mostly covers markets and trade.