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Opera Web Browser Wallet Now Allows the Purchasing of Ethereum (ETH) for Android Users
On February 6, 2019, Opera announces that it’s built-in Wallet now allows the purchasing of Ether. This service is available only to Android users and is made possible through a collaboration between Opera and Safello, a crypto brokerage firm. The purchases will be made using fiat currency via credit and debit cards and a few trusted payment providers.
“This integration puts the functionality to purchase cryptos at the fingertips of the users. Safello will now power transactions on the Opera browser for Android in the fastest possible way. With the convenience of credit and debit card payments and transfers over trusted payment networks, such as Swish in Sweden, we are bringing down barriers to ownership,”
said Frank Schuil, the CEO and founder Safello
For now, the service is only available for users in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, though more locations might be added in the future.
If a user wants to make a purchase using Sweden’s BankID and Denmark’s NemID citizens’ identity solutions, they will need to be verified by Safello. However, this will not be a complicated process and users have been assured that purchasing of Ether will take less than a minute. This ease of use was an important factor when developing this service, according to the Opera team.
“We think that the next important phase for crypto will come from usage and that for it to reach wider adoption, it has to be easy to buy and easy to use,” said Charles Hamel, Opera’s crypt product lead.
As an incentive to drive use of the platform, Swedish users will enjoy a 2.5 percent discount on their service fee while Danish and Norwegian users will enjoy a 5 percent discount.
Opera’s Web 3-ready Android web browser Wallet was first made available in December 2018 and is one of the prominent browser-based wallets on the market. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the wallet is easily accessible to the user, who doesn’t need to go through an overly complicated process to access it. Up until now, users could only store their tokens in the wallet but couldn’t purchase. Since the wallet’s launch, it has been well-received and hopefully, this new product will be as well.
The wallet supports Ether and other tokens that make use of ethereum’s ERC-20 standard though more currencies are rumored to be coming to the platform soon. With time, more popular browsers could follow in Opera’s footsteps and release their own wallets to fit the growing demand for easily accessible wallets.
You Can Now Use A Built-In Ethereum Wallet On Opera's Blockchain Crypto Browser
You Can Now Use A Built-In Ethereum Wallet On Opera’s Browser
The Opera browser has recently announced that Web 3-ready, the new Android web browser created the company. What is so interesting about it, though? The browser will come with a built-in Ethereum wallet. Before the announcement, the Opera for Android browser was already available on Beta.
In case you do not know, Web 3.0 will be the decentralized browser created by Opera, which will be a different version from their current centralized “normal” browser. This would make Opera the first mainstream browser company to create decentralized programs.
It will support other Ether (ETH) and ERC-20 based tokens, which means most of the altcoins created by Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Support for the ERC-721 type, which is used for collectibles like CryptoKitties, will also be supported on the app. You will be able to run Ethereum-based apps on your phone using the technology, too.
Charles Hamel, the product manager of Opera Crypto, the division of Opera that deals with the blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, has affirmed that, before now, you would need several apps to access cryptos and use apps on the Web 3, which made the whole process so difficult that most people did not do it. However, the new browser has removed these limitations.
According to him, the new product basically features most of the characteristics that were already seen in the beta version but it is far more polished and approachable to a wider audience as the user interface has been largely improved and has a very less confusing language.
Opera first announced that it was creating this software on July 2018. At the time, it only affirmed that it was an Android browser with a built-in crypto wallet. After, it decided to announce synchronization features as well.
The Decision To Support Ethereum
Opera is clearly supporting Ethereum from all the cryptocurrencies. The argument for siding with the crypto specifically is because it has the largest community of devs behind the apps and it is still pretty popular despite all the problems that Ethereum had in the second quarter of 2018 when it started to be eaten away by the bear market.
The API of the Opera crypto wallet will be easily used to be integrated with other software. This way, the developers believe that it can be used as a tool to make transactions online, manage your portfolio, online identity and access information.
Krystian Kolondra, executive vice president for browsers at Opera, has affirmed that the main hope of the company is to push cryptos forward from their current place (a very speculative market) and make them actually be used by people in their daily lives. According to him, this is the most important point for cryptos to have a future.
The Feeback From Beta Stage
According to Hamel, one of the main positive points of the beta stage was all the feedback. Opera used the feedback to ensure that everything would work as planned and that all the dapps would work as they should.
The result is that the app is very much compatible with all the programs and is way more stable now, as well as the wallet is considerably more secure.
Initially, the technology will be only implemented in the Android app of Opera, which can be acquired at the Google Play store, however, later the company intends to offer the same services for desktop browsers in all the most popular operating systems (Windows, Mac and Linux). iOS app is, however, not the focus, as Opera doesn’t seem to like the fact that they do not have the same freedom to create dapps for iOS.
Even with more than 20 years of existence working with browsers, the Opera team struggled to make the dapp work. The blockchain technology is a different thing altogether and the team had one of its biggest challenges so far working with it.
Opera Labs is a New Mobile Crypto Wallet for Desktop Browsers with Special Features
Opera Introduces Mobile Crypto Wallet for Desktop Browser
Earlier today, Opera introduced a ‘Labs’ special edition of its web browser that has an integrated digital crypto wallet. The project, which was first announced at the beginning of August, is currently available for private beta testers of Opera for Android.
Reportedly, the new browser will enable users to validate Web3.0 decentralized application (DApp) transactions made on their computer through their Android smartphones. Fundamentally, ‘Labs’ is entirely interoperable with the mobile digital wallet that the company introduced in July as a part of the Opera for Android program.
According to Opera, users are not obligated to create a new wallet upon installing this new browser. Rather, ‘Labs' allows the user to continue to safely store their wallet keys on their mobile phones. The application will also leverage the inbuilt security features of smartphones such as fingerprint identification and passwords to secure and confirm transactions involving token transfers and other DApp activities.
Similar to its mobile alternative, the desktop app supports digital collectables, which are non-fungible digital items. These include baseball cards and CryptoKitties, which have been transferrable in-between Opera wallets since the first week of September. In July, HTC announced that its upcoming smartphone, called HTC Exodus, will feature a crypto wallet as well as CryptoKitties. The HTC Exodus is expected to launch before the year ends.
The interoperable mobile-desktop wallet works by allowing users to connect their desktop browser to their existing mobile digital wallet application by scanning a Quick Response (QR) code. This synchronization mechanism is used in linking several mobile platforms to their desktop contemporaries, with the most popular being the WhatsApp web client.
Lately, Opera has been integrating anti-cryptojacking software as one of their core functionalities. Last month, web browser Firefox declared the intentions of following Opera's lead by integrating an add-on that identifies and blocks cryptojacking malware.
Here's How the Samsung & Opera Crypto Wallets Will Help Promote Bitcoin the Everyday User
A little less than three weeks after announcing their decision to enter the blockchain arena, major browser operator ‘Opera’ decided to release a feature that will allow users to purchase crypto coins directly via its Android app.
To fulfill their vision, the folks over at Opera have teamed up with Safello (a European crypto exchange). As a result of this partnership, customers can now make crypto purchases directly from their browser with the touch of a button.
In regards to this development, Frank Schuil of Safello was quoted as saying:
“With Safello brokerage on the Opera mobile browser for Android, both new and experienced users can now easily transact cryptocurrencies in the most secure and fastest way possible. The functionality to purchase crypto is right at their fingertips.”
Last but not least, it is also worth mentioning that Opera's latest announcement comes at a time when other multinationals such as Samsung to have been working to integrate crypto-support into their digital devices.
More On The Matter
With the price of most premier assets dropping rapidly over the past few months, it now appears as though the investor community at large has lost some of its past confidence in this still-nascent industry. Not only that, even some of the moves made by top crypto firms such as Coinbase, Gemini, Kraken, and Binance to strengthen the foundation of this sector have not been able to change the mainstream perception of cryptocurrencies.
However, with news of big-name players such as Opera and Samsung entering this domain, the digital asset industry has taken another small yet important step towards increasing its overall visibility across the globe.
Other Details Worth Bearing In Mind
As reported by BitcoinExchangeGuide earlier this week, it appears as though S.Korea's largest company ‘Samsung’ is looking to integrate a novel cryptocurrency wallet into its Samsung Pay app.
As a result of these aforementioned developments, it now appears as though Bitcoin (as well as some other major altcoins) will now gain exposure to two large markets – namely the internet browser space and mobile phone sector.
On the matter, Charles Hamel, Product Lead for Opera, was recently quoted as saying:
“We think that the next important phase for crypto will come from usage and that for it to reach wider adoption, it has to be easy to buy and easy to use. We believe that the browser will be the entry point for these use cases.”
Mainstream Recognition Will Help Boost Bitcoin's Mass Appeal
In a recent interview with Pantera Capital's Dan Morehead, the crypto entrepreneur went on record to state that the emergence of ICE’s Bakkt, Fidelity, and ErisX will help draw in more and more institutional investors into the digital currency market as we move deeper into 2019.
Not only that, during his appearance on the 'Unconfirmed Podcast' earlier this week, Morehead went on to state the following:
“Now we have firms like ICE’s Bakkt, Fidelity, or ErisX doing varying institutional custody and over the months, I think that will help bring institutions in. The one thing that is true though is institutions are like the rest of us. They’re pretty pro-cyclical and the big wave of institutional money will probably not start until the prices themselves start going up,”.
In closing out this article, it is worth mentioning that Samsung and Opera currently boast of a combined user base of around 200 million individuals.
Their entry into the market could potentially catalyze a whole new army of customers who in the past have been reluctant to make use of cryptocurrencies.
Last but not least, it should be noted that ‘Brave’, another cryptocurrency-focused browser, too has adopted a feature that allows users and content creators to earn digital assets via a unique incentive-based operational model.
Opera Wallet Opens CryptoKitties And Crypto Collectibles Transferring
Opera has a newly announced crypto wallet and it looks like storing your tokens in it is not going to be the only thing that you will be able to do with it. The company has now affirmed that you will also be able to send and receive crypto-based collectibles like the ones from the popular Ethereum game CryptoKitties using your wallet.
The company has stated on its blog that “as an increasing portion of our lives moves online, so will our collections of things” on this decision to support this type of asset in the wallet. According to Opera, this is a first in the industry, although some wallets like MetaMask already offer collectibles.
You Can Now Send And Receive Collectibles With The Beta Wallet
The Opera wallet is only at the Beta stage at this point but you can already use it to send crypto collectibles to your friends. Before this option, you would have to do it via a marketplace or an exchange transaction because you did not have the option to transfer ownership using your own wallet.
Opera’s team believes that the trend of crypto collectibles is still in its infancy and that it be further developed as more technology is created to support user-friendly online services that will increase the adoption of this type of game. For instance, CryptoKitties uses the ERC-721 standard of Ethereum, but there will be many different technologies to support this type of collectible in the future.
In its post, the company has affirmed that it definitely sees a use case for this type of collectible and that they unlock access to certain digital services that could not be used before the blockchain technology.
Opera To Extent Beta Wallet
In related news, Opera has also announced that it would expand its private Beta testing of the Opera Wallet. The users can sign up online and some of them will be selected to participate of the Beta testing phase.
After the tests are finally complete, the wallet will provide transaction notifications, support ERC20 tokens and collectibles on its final version.