Opera Introduces Dapp Browser with Built-In Cryptocurrency Wallet


Opera has officially released the desktop version of its new browser with a built-in ethereum wallet.

The browser, dubbed “Reborn 3,” is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, Opera revealed on April 9. According to the browser company, the software enables users to discover and connect with the blockchain-based decentralized applications (dapps) of “Web 3,” and the wallet allows users to send transactions without the need for an extension like Metamask.

To improve security, Reborn 3’s built-in wallets are compatible with that of Opera’s mobile Android browser, which was released in December 2018, Opera stated.

“This means wallet keys never leave the users’ smartphones,” the company said, adding: “In practice, whenever they need to identify themselves to a Web 3 website or sign a transaction on the blockchain, users get a notification on their smartphone. They can confirm it in the same way they unlock their system, using, for example, facial recognition or their fingerprint.”

Opera stated that it is also considering adding the built-in crypto wallet feature in the near future to its iOS browser, popularly known as Opera Touch.

Oslo, Norway-based Opera initially announced the establishment of its Web 3 Android browser in July 2018. The browser presently supports ether and other tokens utilizing the ethereum’s ERC-20 standard. It also supports cryptocurrency collectibles minted under the ERC-721 standard like CryptoKitties.

Opera enabled Android users to purchase ether directly from its browser-based wallet, in collaboration with regulated cryptocurrency brokerage Safello.