Web browser developer Opera has joined the song and dance surrounding cryptocurrencies with the addition of a crypto wallet to its mobile browser.
The crypto wallet feature, which is currently in beta, enables users to store their cryptocurrencies within Opera for Android, while also supporting tokens and digital collectibles. It relies on Android’s secure system lock to sign transactions, rather than needing users to create new PIN codes or passwords.
“Having a crypto wallet in the browser brings the cash experience to the world of online payments,” said Charles Hamel, product lead of Opera Crypto. “Paying with the crypto wallet is like sending digital cash straight from your phone, and we’ve just made it easier. This opens up new possibilities for merchants and content creators alike.”
“We believe the web of today will be the interface to the decentralised web of tomorrow,” continued Hamel. “By becoming the first major browser to open up to Web 3.0, we would like to contribute to making the internet of the future more accessible. 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.”