Back, back in time, back when cryptocurrency was basically just Bitcoin. Or at least when Bitcoin was the only currency people cared about. Back then, the coolest thing you could get were socks, or if you were that type of person, illegal drugs. Now however, there are many, many cryptocurrencies competing for the field. These also allow you to buy much, much more, from dinner, to pizza, to a car. Opera wants to make it easier to make those purchases, for example with your very own Android phone. Making its new android installation come with an in-built crypto wallet.
The company also offers the same Opera browser for Windows, Mac and Linux, with their new browser’s, albeit un-creatively named ‘Opera with Crypto Wallet’ being available only on the Android platform. Even then, it is a private Beta, though Opera plans to expand the offer to other android users. Opera hasn’t been transparent about if said Crypto Wallet will be coming to Desktops however. In our opinion, it’d be a waste not to capitalize on the crypto boom as much as possible.
Opera has worked to get cryptocurrency newcomers, and regular users invested alike. Opera with Crypto Wallet stores all information on the device to keep your funds safe, uses Android’s built in authentication mechanisms to spare people the hassle of remembering a password or PIN. It supports multiple currencies to appeal to as many folks as possible. Of course, it has its issues, being a beta and everything. However, in our opinion it’s a major step in the right direction.
Opera with Cryptocurrency Wallet lead Charles Hamel has shown some of the company ambitions in a statement with the announcement of Opera Crypto Wallet:
“We believe the web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow,” he said. “By becoming the 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.”
It is possible Opera’s been too ambitious. Their blog page has been down several days already, making the original announcement of Opera with Crypto Wallet unavailable to the public since it was published almost.(The post had more information than the press release did). The page where you are meant to sign up for the private beta also showed a 404 error. Opera hasn’t spoken about this new development, although some suspect it’s due to hacking.
Despite this, running into a few roadblocks on the way to make it easy to buy things with crypto is normal. A lot of companies are having plenty of trouble simplifying paying for things with a credit card. Doing so with Ripple,Ethereum etc. is going to be a lot more difficult for the companies, hence we hope that some giants take after Opera’s lead and join them on the road to making crypto-payments easy and simple.
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