Opera Releasing Native Ethereum Desktop Browser Wallet

Opera Releasing Native Ethereum Desktop Browser Wallet

One of the most popular internet browsers, Opera, is making the news again. This time Opera is releasing an in-house ethereum wallet, which would be supported on the desktop version of the browser.

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One of the most popular internet browsers, Opera, is making the news again. This time Opera is releasing an in-house ethereum wallet, which would be supported on the desktop version of the browser.

The mobile Opera browsing software already supports Ether and Ethereum-based tokens and users seem to enjoy the built-in wallet feature. Indeed, the Oslo-based company states that there is a “strong interest” from the Opera community, which also expresses “overwhelmingly positive response” regarding the mobile browser in-house wallet.

Charles Hamel of Opera Crypto department said:

“By adding a crypto wallet directly into the browser, we removed the need for complex extensions or separate apps. Opening up the PC browser to crypto marks Opera’s second step towards making cryptocurrencies and Web 3.0 mainstream.”

There is a catch if you want to access the desktop Opera wallet. First, you have to use your mobile Android device to download the mobile browser and switch on the cryptocurrency wallet feature. To connect the mobile to the desktop browser wallet you have to scan the QR code. The coolest thing about Opera’s new feature is that it also allows for the interaction with decentralized applications such as Augur or CryptoKitties. This removes the need for downloading additional browser extensions like MetaMask for instance.

Private keys are stored on the client’s mobile device and transactions are approved only through it, even transaction carried on the desktop browser. The software will ask for transaction confirmation via fingerprint swipe.

Krystian Kolondra of Opera commented:

“After making crypto payments smooth and easy on mobile, we wanted the find the perfect solution for PCs. We realized the best way is to utilize our new mobile crypto wallet technology and to give our PC users access to it.”

Hamel added:

“Some users prefer to perform crypto payments or interact with Dapps on their desktop. They can now do so in a simple way by using the same wallet they have on their mobile phone.”

Earlier this year, Bitmain purchased the controlling stake in Opera for $50 million. Obviously, now Opera is going to focus on its cryptocurrency-related features with the help of Bitmain.

“At Opera, we try to stay at the forefront of innovation. Our next aim is to make crypto-integration mainstream. We believe blockchain technology has the power to transform the web of tomorrow and expect it to make a big difference in the years to come,” Kolondra explained.