Opera Releases Desktop Browser with a Built-In Crypto Wallet

By April 9, 2019 Ethereum
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Photo: Opera blogs
Photo: Opera blogs

It is now official that Opera supports crypto activities. The company’s long-awaited desktop web-browser version, Reborn 3, is now available for the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. This browser comprises of an integrated cryptocurrency wallet. It will enable users to explore and interact with the blockchain-based dapps of “Web 3.

Furthermore, the wallet lets users send transactions without needing to use an extension like Metamask. To maximize security, Reborn 3’s built-in wallet syncs seamlessly with that of Opera’s mobile Android browser. As we reported earlier, the new ‘Opera Web 3.0’ browser with built-in Ethereum Crypto Wallet rolled out on December 13, 2018. It got instant positive feedback.

According to the latest announcement, the syncing of the browser with the wallet means that the wallet keys never leave the users’ smartphone. The April 9 report also states that the browser now offers a virtual private network (VPN) feature in an attempt to boost users’ security and privacy. Opera has also updated several other additional features. The release further adds that:

“In practice, whenever they need to identify themselves to a Web 3 website or sign a transaction on the blockchain, users get a notification on their smartphone. They can confirm it in the same way they unlock their system, using, for example, facial recognition or their fingerprint.”

The Norway-based browser maker also launched a marketing campaign to benefit from the EU regulatory order. The order directs Google to allow Android users in Europe to choose their preferred browser.

How it Works

In principle, it seems like a two-factor authentication process. Whenever users want to identify themselves or execute a transaction on the blockchain, they receive a notification on their phone. Unlocking the phone using a fingerprint confirms the said transaction. Opera aims to ensure users’ privacy and security with VPN service integration.

The VPN integration establishes an encrypted tunnel that ‘protects users’ data from third parties and secures their geographical location. Krystian Kolondra, the Opera executive vice president, explained that:

“Blockchain technologies bring the power and control back to the people. They can securely sign transactions and identify themselves to websites, without unnecessarily oversharing their data.”

The crypto wallet does not need any movement of funds to make transactions on PC. It synchronizes with the cryptocurrency wallet in the Opera Android browser App. All notifications and authentications are handled via a Smartphone. The Opera team gave the browser a visual refresh. The design is borderless letting content to take center stage on-screen. They have both dark and light themes.

Opera aims to enable users to do almost everything online in one place. The browser now shapes up with app integration for messengers and more.

The Development Route

Opera first highlighted the crypto functionality back in June 2018. As we published earlier, the company launched its first browser with a native crypto wallet. The announcement was made official last August when Opera confirmed that the wallet would eventually reach desktop users. The company tested the new wallet with an exclusive group of beta testers in September.

The Opera spokesperson back then said that:

“Previously this was available only in developer or beta and now all of our users will get access to the cryptocurrency wallet.”

Users can browse blockchain applications by simply typing their addresses into the URL bar directly. The inbuilt VPN will obscure and protect user data from any prying eyes. Back in February, we confirmed that Opera introduced a new buying service for Android Sweden, Norway, and Denmark users. The service enables clients to buy Ethereum directly from its browser-based wallet.

Last month, the company announced the forthcoming launch of Opera Touch for iOS. The Touch is a Web 3 browser with an integrated crypto wallet. It supports Ethereum (ETH) transactions and interactions with decentralized applications (DApps).

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