Opera Software AS, the Norwegian company behind the Opera web browser, has announced its latest browser version, featuring a built-in crypto wallet that supports Ether and other ERC20 tokens, The Verge reported December 13.
In an effort to support global adoption of digital currencies, web browser Opera has launched a built-in digital wallet that supports Ethereum’s cryptocurrency, according to its announcement during recent Hard Fork Decentralized event held in London, UK. As it stands, the browser’s latest version is only limited to Android devices, with plans of rolling out the desktop version upon completion of its beta test.
As project lead Charles Hamel explained:
“We’ve decided to support Ethereum, as it has the largest community of developers building Dapps and has gathered a lot of momentum behind it.”
Reiterating Hamel’s view, Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin added:
“We see this as an important moment in improving dApp accessibility, opening Web 3.0 to mainstream audiences, and encouraging developers to build on Ethereum.”
While Opera’s digital wallet is currently limited to Ethereum’s cryptocurrency, the company has also disclosed plans of adding support for more digital assets in the near future. As it stands, digital assets and dApps are generally accessed via browser add-ons such as Metamask, an extension for accessing Ethereum enabled distributed applications. While the dApp browser has already announced the development of its proprietary client during the previously held Devcon4 in Prague, Metamask has yet to disclose its release date.
Discussing the issue in a recent report published by Hard Fork, Hamel explained:
“One major hurdle in all this is that you need a special browser or special browser extensions to even start exploring the decentralized web and even then, users are faced with lots of new terminology that is sometimes confusing.”
Through the browser’s latest iteration, Android users can now access their dApps, manage their digital identities, as well as conduct crypto transactions via Opera’s new wallet feature, which is protected by Android’s secure key storage.
Prior to Opera’s integration of a mobile crypto wallet in its browser, the company had to first establish its competence in blockchain and cryptography, in addition to working with variations in the code for Web3 features.
As Hamel emphasized:
“One of the biggest challenges was to define what a browser wallet should look like and how it should behave.”