On Wednesday, 27th September, Opera, the web browser company stated that the new version of the Opera Labs on desktop will include a cryptocurrency wallet feature, a move aimed to push cryptocurrencies into the realm of mainstream adoption.
The feature, which is still undergoing beta testing, will be rolled out to all the versions of the browser once the testing process is done. Opera was the first ever full-fledged browser to adopt cryptocurrencies for the mobile platform and the shift to desktops has been seen as a positive move by users.
Mabed, a cryptocurrency enthusiast stated:
“ I still don’t get how people doubt the use of cryptocurrencies. If larry elision can go for the digital assets, normal mortals can bloody well adapt to it too.”
Charles Hammel, the Product Lead if Opera Crypto had earlier stated:
“Having a Crypto Wallet in the browser brings the cash experience to the world of online payments. 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.”
The reports from the California-based company has informed users that the new desktop version will not be fully independent of the older mobile variant. The users who need to use the desktop version will be required to interconnect with the mobile Opera cryptocurrency wallet and then use the handset to authenticate transactions. Opera has stated that this multi-factor authentication is aimed to increase privacy and security within the Opera wallet ecosystem.
The Ethereum based wallet will be used to create a one of a kind user experience with features that allows the holders to handle their funds and natively browse dApps on the Ethereum blockchain.
Charles Hammel had further stated:
“We believe the web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow. 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.”
At the time of wiring, Opera Labs only supports Ethereum and is ERC 20 and ERC 721 tokens with other cryptocurrencies in the company’s future pipeline.
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