It is no doubt that the Norwegian software company, Opera has been quite active in involving itself to serve the needs of the crypto sphere since quite some time ago given both their mobile and desktop web browser have featured an anti-cryptojacking software since the beginning of the year. Now on July 11 of 2018, a private beta of the Android Opera web browser that includes a built-in crypto wallet is currently underway.

Features and comparisons with traditional crypto wallet

According to the browser makers, the new version of Opera browser for Android will feature a new simple-to-use crypto wallet functionality and seamless support with the Ethereum Web3 API. This suggests that downloading a separate extension or open a new web browser to manage your cryptocurrency will become an obsolete history as now the user can easily toggle the built-in wallet in the web browser to achieve the same purposes. The press release also notes that token and collectibles for instance, “Cryptokitties” will be automatically collected into the built-in wallet. 

The major problems with the traditional crypto wallet is that they are often a far cry from being user-friendly. Most of the crypto wallet mandate their user to install browser extension as well as generate lengthy and hard-to-remember passwords. However, the built-in wallet for Opera does not require any of those and it protects the content in the wallet by integrating the security with the Android’s system lock, which is a whole new level of awesome because now you can secure your crypto wallet using biometrics. This generates a lot of exciting new possibilities and opportunities for merchants and content creator alike. 

Forward steps towards Web 3.0

If you are a developer or someone who works in the field of decentralized web applications a.k.a “dapps”, this new browser functionality is definitely a great news as with dapps being built on the ethereum network, users can now interact more easily. Charles Hamel, the product manager express that Opera is making the internet of the future more accessible, by playing the role of the first major browser that opens up to Web 3.0.

"We believe the web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow…By becoming the 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."

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