Cryptocurrencies have been slowly making its way into our day to day lives. From merchants accepting cryptocurrencies to smartphones being shipped out with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet, we’ve come a long way. This budding technology has so much potential that a future monetary system that is run completely using cryptocurrencies doesn’t seem impossible anymore. Besides the smartphones, modern-day web browsers like opera and brave are also coming with integrated crypto wallets.
Recently, Opera, who was the first to integrate an Ethereum based cryptocurrency wallet in 2018, has now added in-browser support for Bitcoin (BTC) and TRON (TRX). Opera will now be the first major browser to allow BTC transactions natively. This new feature will make Bitcoin and in fact all of the crypto industry a lot more accessible to people who aren’t that tech-savvy, also the exposure it will provide is immense. This also makes the entire process of storing Bitcoin pretty seamless on our android phones. Charles Hamel, Head of Crypto at Opera, said:
“The browser is the ideal candidate for integrating cryptocurrencies as it is the gateway to so many things in the user’s life. Content, shopping, financial transactions, social media – adding the ability to upload & download value for all of these use cases is very powerful. Opera is the only browser with this capability.”
The crypto project for Opera initially started in December of 2018 after the popular android browser received an update that added the support for Ethereum based decentralized applications (DApps) and payments. Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin then said:
“It’s a significant step for one of the world’s leading browsers to add an Ethereum-based crypto wallet and Dapp explorer, and speaks to Opera’s innovative roots and commitment to embracing next-generation technology.”
Opera also added the support for the Ethereum Blockchain to Opera for PC later in April. Besides this, the browser also has VPN support and is synced with the Android wallet so that users can store keys and also identify themselves safely from their smartphones.
As of now, the most used cryptocurrency can be sent and received in Opera for Android. The company describes the process of sending Bitcoin as easy that of sending an image. The TRON blockchain is mostly used for DApps, which can also now be accessed within the browser. Furthermore, Ethereum and Bitcoin can be sent to pay for various services and good via n e-commerce website that accepts crypto. Hamel further added:
“We believe that opening our browser to more blockchains, including Bitcoin, is the logical next step to making our solution more relevant to anyone who has a Bitcoin crypto wallet and would like to do things with their cryptocurrencies beyond just keeping them in an account.”