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Opera browser now features a built-in cryptocurrency wallet

The latest beta version of the Opera browser for Android features a user-friendly built-in cryptocurrency wallet.

This upgrade will allow 322 million Opera users to avoid installing separate extensions designed for handling crypto payments on mobile devices.

As specified by the developers, Opera crypto wallet is designed to facilitate the use of cryptographic wallets, as it has much more user-friendly interface compared to most other cryptocurrency wallets. Opera relies on the Android operating system’s secure system lock to verify crypto transactions. Thus, users of the wallet will no longer need to create new PIN codes or passwords in order to start using it.

“Paying with the Crypto Wallet is like sending digital cash straight from your phone, and we’ve just made it easier,” Opera cryptocurrency product lead Charles Hamel said in a statement.

“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,” he added.

The beta version of the app only currently supports ETH, ERC-20 tokens and ERC-721 collectibles. However, the developers plan to add support for additional cryptocurrencies in the future after just testing the waters now and seeing how the community reacts. Opera’s Crypto Wallet also comes with built-in support for the Ethereum Web3 API, which the Norwegian browser maker hopes will incentivize the creation of decentralized apps (dApps).

“We believe the web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow,” added Hamel. “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.”

As reported earlier, Opera has also added cryptocurrency miner protection to its desktop and smartphone browsers.