Internet browser company, Opera has rolled out a new browser that comes with a built-in crypto-currency wallet.
A statement issued by the company on Wednesday, 10 July, said its latest version of the Opera browser for Android would combine an easy-to-use crypto wallet functionality with support for the Ethereum Web3 API.
With this functionality, Opera users can send, receive and pay cryptocurrencies directly from their mobile browsers on Android devices with no need to open a separate web browser or install a separate extension.
According to Charles Hamel the Product Lead for Opera crypto, with the launch of the crypto-wallet feature, Opera becomes the first major browser to open up to Web 3.0, thereby paving the way for the internet of the future.
“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,” Hamel said in a statement.
Opera’s announcement has been welcomed by developers of decentralized web applications (DApps) as the new browser feature would provide an easy interface for users to interact with the DApps being built on the ethereum network.
Opera first ventured into the crypto space in January when it introduced a crypto-mining protection feature on its web and mobile browsers for Android to shield users from crypto-jackers.
According to 2018 Wikipedia figures, Opera has a 3.5 percent usage share for all browsers globally, a 4.55 percent usage share for mobile browsers globally. Opera Mini has a .55 percent share of tablet browsers worldwide as of February 2018.
The latest Opera browser is currently in private beta mode, and the company is inviting new users to join.