Opera adds bitcoin payments for Android users
Opera is the only browser-focused company that has its own cryptowallet.
As of today, Opera has developed a crypto-resistant iOS application, and a desktop browser with native digital wallet support. In addition, along with a Swedish broker, company sells ETH to Scandinavian companies at a discounted price.
Opera was launched as a research project more than 20 years ago. However, last year the Norwegian web-surfer moved into the cryptography field. Now, it is constantly expanding the functionality of its digital wallets and works on improving mobile and desktop applications.
All of this had started in 2018, when Opera was working on the pilot project of the electronic wallet "Web 3.0". In October, company started exploring blockchain growth opportunities with the aid of Ledger Capital financial consultants.
Android users are now able to make their payments through the built-in digital wallet and interact with decentralised applications (dapps) in the TRON blockchain.
Charles Hamel, head of the Opera's cryptographic department, told Monetam-Descu that "most people have heard of bitcoin and thus we saw it as important to support it and make this feature more familiar to a larger group of people.”
Adding bitcoin was a challenge for the company, even though all applications were optimised for future Web 3.0 use. Speaking with CoinDesk Hamel added "Bitcoin is a completely different beast that requires its own infrastructure and has a payment-focused usage scenario”.