The renowned web browser Opera has made an interesting addition in their latest update: they have embedded a cryptocurrency wallet in his browser, according to an article published by Bitcoin News. Albeit being a quite limited one, it constitutes a major breakthrough for the software company, being the first of the big three mobile browsers that includes a cryptocurrency wallet by default.
The company responsible for the development of this popular browser, Opera Software, has a long history of developing software products, but it is mostly known by the Opera Browser and Opera Mini programs. Albeit never having adventuring themselves outside of their known developments, for some this is no surprise; Opera Software consumer business was acquired last year by Golden Brick Capital Private Equity Fund, a Chinese conglomerate of investors that will most likely direct them in new directions.
Bringing an Ethereum wallet to a popular app can be a game changer for the world of cryptocurrencies and can be a big push for users to try this tech without being overwhelmed by the back end of it. Ethereum being one of the most known and trusted cryptocurrencies is not a bad place to start dabbling for the newcomers to the market; and with more than 350 million users for this browser worldwide, even an adoption rate of 1% of this amount of people would be marvelous for the cryptosphere.
While the wallet will only support Ethereum in its prime stages, and Ethereum tokens, developers said that they are ready to add support for the most popular cryptocurrencies in the market today. The project lead for this feature, Charles Hamel, declared:
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
Opera then declares its intention to bring cryptocurrency payments to the mobile internet playground to integrate cryptocurrency payments and transactions into our everyday lives.