Opera Browser, one of the popular internet browser in the world has announced that the new version of their signature desktop browser will come with a built-in Ethereum wallet with support for Ether and all other Ethereum based tokens.
The move was made by Opera due to a huge positive response for the beta version of the mobile browser which comes with a built-in Ethereum wallet.
“By adding a crypto wallet directly into the browser, we removed the need for complex extensions or separate apps,” said Charles Hamel, product lead of Opera Crypto. “Opening up the PC browser to crypto marks Opera’s second step towards making cryptocurrencies and Web 3.0 mainstream.”
No Native Desktop wallet
It’s interesting to note that the new desktop browser won’t support a native cryptocurrency wallet but rather will be synced with the mobile version. That means the wallet’s private keys will be stored in the user’s phone and the phone is required to authorize the transaction.
“After making crypto payments smooth and easy on mobile, we wanted the find the perfect solution for PCs”, said Krystian Kolondra, EVP of Opera’s browsers division. “We realized the best way is to utilize our new mobile crypto wallet technology and to give our PC users access to it.”
Bitmain’s hand in Opera’s decision to go into cryptocurrency
Last month, Bitmain – one of the most valuable cryptocurrency company in the world, purchased a controlling stake in Opera for $50 million. And just a week after the purchase, Opera announced that the Android version of their browser will come with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet.
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