Web browser Opera jumps into the blockchain ecosystem with a blockchain-oriented browser, dubbed as Web 3.0, that is specifically designed for surfing and interacting with the decentralized web.
The company announced the browser yesterday at theHard Fork Decentralized in London. Equipped with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet, the browser is now available for Android. With this step, Opera has established itself as the first mainstream browser to release a cryptocurrency and blockchain features.
“Our hope is that this step will accelerate the transition of cryptocurrencies from speculation and investment to being used for actual payments and transactions in our users’ daily lives.”
Opera announced the development of an Android version of its app with a built-in wallet, in July. It was later revealed that the platform is also planning to develop a synchronization feature to enable users to access the wallet from their desktop browsers.
In September the browser went online to select beta testers since then the firm has been polishing the app. The desktop version of the crypto-browser will also be developed for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Though a beta version of the browser is already available, the official launch date of the final version is still unclear.
Both the Android browser and the built-in cryptocurrency wallet will support exclusively the Ethereum network. Project lead Charles Hamel told the publication:
“We’ve decided to support Ethereum, as it has the largest community of developers building Dapps and has gathered a lot of momentum behind it.”
While you can store your Ethereum tokens on the Opera browser, the rest tokens such as Bitcoin or other non-ERC20 atcoins will have to be stored elsewhere. Not committing to any announcements just yet, the platform does plan to add support for cryptocurrencies based on other protocols later.
Hamel explained to Hard Fork:
“One major hurdle in all this is that you need a special browser or special browser extensions to even start exploring the decentralized web and even then, users are faced with lots of new terminology that is sometimes confusing. That’s why made our browser super user-friendly.”
He adds further
“Using a Web 3.0 application is now just as easy as going to a website like Google or Facebook with Opera. This is a lot easier and faster than what has been available until now.”