The Norwegian company Opera Ltd announced the launch of the private beta version of its new Android browser, which includes a built-in cryptocurrency wallet. The product also supports decentralized applications (dApps) like CryptoKitties.
This launch happened after the Chinese mining equipment manufacturer, Bitmain has acquired from Opera a stock package worth $50 million.
As explained in a statement by Opera’s product leader, Charles Hamel, users can now interact with Web 3.0 through Opera’s mobile browser with full functionality. Also, it becomes the first conventional browser to include a native crypto wallet.
Hamel said that “today’s website will be the interface for the decentralized network of the future. That is why we have chosen to use our browser to close the gap. ” He also added that “with a built-in cryptographic wallet, the browser has the potential to renew and expand its important role as a tool to access information, conduct online transactions and manage the online identity of users in a way that gives them more control.”
Opera’s built-in wallet is compatible with the Ethereum Web3 API. Initially, you can send money from wallet to wallet, interact with dApps, and make online payments with ETH directly from the browser. In the future, Opera plans to update the wallet, to incorporate more cryptocurrencies. Opera Crypto Wallet also allows the users to manage collectible tokens or other crypto assets such as CryptoKitties. In this sense, it supports all tokens of type ERC20.
Another novelty of Opera’s wallet is that it uses the Android secure locking system to sign transactions, so users will not have to remind any code or password to get access to the operations.
Regarding decentralized applications (dApps), this mobile version of Opera promises to solve the limitations and technical problems that the WebView component has.
Opera was founded in 1995 in Oslo, Norway, and currently has branches in Poland, Sweden, and China. They have focused on the development of web browsers for mobile phones and PCs, compatible with operating systems such as Windows, iOS, Linux, and Android.