Internet Browser, Opera Officially Supports Ethereum Wallet, Days After Bitmain’s Large Investment
Opera’s announcement made July 10th, 2018 revealed that the internet browser will be supporting an Ethereum wallet. What was once part of Opera’s limited android browser will now be made available to the general public.
As seen in the video depicting the new addition, users will now see the wallet on their browser. Its entirety can enhance one’s experience when it comes to sending and receiving cryptocurrencies, making purchases online, exploring the specs of the Ethereum network through decentralized web apps (DApps), and safeguarding tokens and collectibles like CryptoKitties.
Another facet that makes Opera’s new endeavor praiseworthy is their growing support for Progressive Web Apps (PWA). According to CCN’s report, the additional step was taken to help DApp developers create such apps without the need of incorporating the wallet into the app or using an external wallet.
According to the Opera team, the efforts made reflects long term goals. In particular, the team shared:
“We believe the web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow,” adding that, “[…] with a built-in crypto wallet, the browser has the potential to renew and extend its important role as a tool to access information, make transactions online and manage users’ online identity in a way that gives them more control.”
Ever since its existence, the internet browser has been very vocal about consumer privacy and ensuring that any issues regarding it never comes about. Based on a statement, Opera will be focusing even more on privacy, namely for “crypto wallet users”. As for their goal, it appears that it is to “create a user-controlled crypto wallet that provides enhanced control and security of the keys”.
Opera’s Support Comes in Union with Bitmain’s Investment
Approximately five days ago, bitcoin miner and ASIC chips creator, Bitmain, invested $50 million in Opera in exchange for its shares. Hence, Opera’s decision to support an Ethereum wallet onto its browser makes for a more complete growth.
Many crypto fanatics have wondering whether or not Bitmain might also contribute in Opera’s efforts. While no such connections have been confirmed, it is clear that Opera is doing its role to help integrate cryptocurrencies into the real world.
Hey! We are excited to invite you to the private beta testing of the new Opera for Android with a built-in crypto wallet! Integrated with Ethereum Web3 API, it makes using Dapps on mobile seamless and secure. ✅ Join now at https://t.co/6cKLn1VUZA
— Opera (@opera) July 11, 2018