The improved cryptocurrency functionality will give Opera for android clients a chance to make bitcoin payments directly from its built-in crypto wallet and cooperate with decentralized applications (dapps) on the TRON blockchain. It could increase cryptocurrency visibility among the browser’s purported 300 million clients.
Charles Hamel, Head of Crypto at Opera, said:
“Most people have heard of bitcoin and thus we saw it as important to support it and make this feature more familiar to a larger group of people.”
Of the best five browsers chrome, safari, Samsung Internet, UC browser, and Opera – Opera remains the only one to have a digital wallet feature. Presently, it is another tech move by one of the web’s most established applications.
Although actually a legacy product (Opera rolled out as a research venture more than two decades ago), the Norway-based web surfer turned towards cryptocurrency in the previous year, consistently growing digital wallet functionality to its mobile and desktop services.
In July last year, Opera for Android steered an ethereum digital wallet as a step towards “Web 3.0:” the goal of a decentralized future internet based on a blockchain. It subsequently started considering blockchain “growth opportunities” with financial services advisors Ledger Capital that October.
From that point forward, Opera presented a “web 3 ready” android browser, a crypto-friendly iOS application, a desktop browser with digital wallet support, and collaborated with a Swedish cryptocurrency broker to sell Scandinavians discounted ETH.
Hamel said that the applications are presently optimized and synchronized for the adoption of a future web3. In any case, he said that including bitcoin was a challenge, as much due to its disparities as its use cases.
“Bitcoin is a completely different beast that requires its own infrastructure and has a payment-focused usage scenario.”