It’s a ‘first’ for Android and its Opera web browser! It has just announced that a new version of the web browser will include a built-in crypto wallet, according to a press release sent to Cointelegraph today.
The Opera browser has already taken its first steps into the crypto sphere, as both its web and mobile browsers have included anti-cryptojacking software since the beginning of this year.
According to the press release, the Opera browser’s crypto wallet will “support Ethereum Web3 API and will be integrated with a ‘default WebView’ on top.” It also says that the wallet will automatically add tokens and collectibles into the wallet.
Charles Hamel, Opera’s product manager said that by “becoming the first major browser to open up to Web 3.0,” Opera is making “the internet of the future more accessible:” In addition to being able to send money from wallet to wallet and interact with Dapps, Opera now supports online payments with cryptocurrency where merchants support exists.
The Android Opera Mini Browser first launched in 2015 when it stated its aim of having 250 million users by 2017. Wikipedia information about the usage share of web browsers indicates that as of June 2018, Opera had a 3.5% share of the global browser sector, putting it at fifth place in the table. Chrome is the leader by a long way, followed by Safari. It also has a 4.55% share of mobile browsers globally, and Opera Mini has 0.55% of tablet browsers worldwide.
Charles Hamel also said: “Our hope is that this will accelerate the transition of cryptocurrencies from speculation and investment to being used for actual payments and transactions in our users’ daily lives.”
Currently Opera are testing the browser-crypto wallet in a private beta version on Android, and the company explains all of the features in its blog.