Opera Desktop Browser Launches Built-in Mobile Cryptocurrency Wallet


Built-in Crypto Wallet To Come To Opera Browser For Desktops

Due to the “overwhelmingly positive response of the crypto-community and users to the crypto wallet in Opera for Android”, the Norway-headquartered company has decided to open up its desktop browser to its mobile crypto wallet.

In July, Opera added a cryptocurrency wallet into their Opera for Android browser that integrates into the Ethereum Web3 API. Today, Opera announced that upcoming versions of the Opera browser for PC will be able to utilize the Android cryptocurrency wallet to make payments directly from the desktop.

How Will It Work?

To make Ethereum payments directly from the desktop, users will need to link their Opera for PC browsers with the Opera for Android mobile browser by scanning a QR code. Once the QR code is scanned, desktop users will be able to make payments to Dapps, or decentralized apps that run on the Ethereum blockchain, simply by clicking on the pay button for the service.

This will cause a notification to be displayed on the mobile device from the Opera for Android app asking if you wish to give permission for the payment to take place. You can then sign the transaction using your fingerprint and the payment will be made.

When it was launched in private beta back in July, the current version of the app only supports ETH, ERC-20 tokens and ERC-721 collectibles. However, the developers plan to add support for additional cryptocurrencies in the future.

“By adding a crypto wallet directly into the browser, we removed the need for complex extensions or separate apps,” said Charles Hamel, Product Lead of Opera Crypto. “Opening up the PC browser to crypto marks Opera’s second step towards making cryptocurrencies and Web 3.0 mainstream.”

By keeping all the storage of cryptocurrency keys in the mobile wallet and making Opera for PC only for payments, it allows for greater security for the wallet. This is because the keys will only be stored in one location and can be secured using the user's fingerprint instead of long passphrases.

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