Another day, another’s world’s first in the realm of cryptocurrency. This time, it’s the Opera browser with built-in crypto wallet that is making the news.
The browser wars aren’t over – and may, in fact, be fiercer as time goes on. This year, Firefox and Chrome have been at it from the get-go. Meanwhile, Opera – which has always been a niche product – is not taking things sitting down. Instead, it’s going for one of the most lucrative niches today: cryptocurrency.
The company announced an Opera browser with built-in crypto wallet on Wednesday, stating:
By introducing Opera for Android with Crypto Wallet, the Norwegian browser maker is lowering the barrier of entry into the web of the future for users and developers alike. Since the wallet is built into the browser, this means internet users no longer need to install separate Dapp browsers or crypto wallet extensions.
Opera claims that their new browser is easier to use than existing solutions. With the built-in crypto wallet, the browser allows the user to “keep engaging with Web 2.0 and using other convenient browser features, such as ad blocker or bookmarks, while also venturing into the world of Dapps and cryptocurrencies.”
It further simplifies things for the user by utilizing Android’s secure system lock to sign transactions from the crypto wallet, making it unnecessary to create new PINs or codes.
The browser is currently in private beta. To join, visit http://opr.as/CryptoWalletPre.