Android’s new Opera version is making waves as a next-generation browser featuring an integrated cryptocurrency wallet.
Using the new Opera browser, users will be able to make payments with cryptocurrencies directly from the wallet. They can also use Ethereum-based decentralized apps or “d-apps” that are part of what engineers are building into the cryptocurrency space.
“The Opera wallet keeps a high level of security and gives you full control of your funds and collectible keys as they are all stored on your smartphone,” reads a Google intro page. “The wallet also uses Android’s secure system lock, which makes transactions on the blockchain easier as you don’t require any additional PIN codes or passwords.”
Android is promoting the browser as an example of a “Web 3” resource that is “enabling seamless access to the emerging web of tomorrow.”
In the same introductory page, Tim Berners-Lee is quoted as predicting that “the blockchain and the web will connect together in lots of interesting ways.”
“Web 3” is, as Google notes, “an umbrella term for a set of emerging technologies intersecting cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed systems.”
Another way to explain Web 3 is in the context of the semantic web – a world that includes more automated correlations and relationships between data points, and where more different types of data can be mapped in an Internet space. Think of it as a dynamic, self enhancing archive with integrated functionality for transaction and payment gateways.
“As we move forward with developments being made in the crypto world, it is expected that access to cryptos will be made much easier for normal users,” writes Ahsan Khalid at BlockPublisher today, covering the emergence of the Opera browser. Khalid points out that Opera’s offering was previously in the beta phase and using tokens, before deciding to go all the way with development.
“With the growing demand, the company decided to pump up the gas on beta and make it more full-fledged,” Khalid writes.
What does it mean that there’s now a browser that has a cryptocurrency wallet built in? It means that it will be easier to use Ethereum or various other cryptocurrencies – but it can also signal growing adoption in a context where there are lots of voices both for and against coin use. Look for more as ETH struggles to break above the hundred-dollar mark.