Opera Rolls out Update and Expansion of its Cryptocurrency-Friendly Browser Blockchain Architecture

Norwegian company Opera introduced Web3 features and an integrated cryptocurrency wallet. Opera Blockchain browser is updated with a cryptocurrency wallet. This service will be expanded.

Opera now supports seamless Crypto top-ups inside the browser in Australia and other countries such as the Czech Republic, Denmark (Estonia), Finland, France Germany, Greece Hong Kong, Ireland Latvia, Lithuania Luxembourg, Mexico. New Zealand, Norway. Poland, Portugal. Slovakia. Slovenia. Spain.

Opera is teamed up with US cryptocurrency-brokerage firm Wyre to enable easy crypto-purchases directly from the browser’s crypto wallet. In most cases, Opera Android users are now able to purchase Bitcoin (BTC), or Ethereum (ETH), with a Visa or Mastercard debit cards.

Wyre is a solution for Apple devices. It works with Apple Pay which allows you to top up your account in less that half an hour. Android can also be used to access mobile-centric Revolut bankcards.

Charles Hamel added, “We’re delighted to grow on our collaboration avec Wyre and provide a best-in class cryptobuy experience to even further countries.”

Charles Hamel is the Head of Crypto for Opera browsers. He explained how these upgrades support Opera’s longterm vision of blockchain technology being relevant.

The wallet allows users to easily acquire cryptocurrency without needing to transfer them through exchanges. Expanding this feature to more regions is key to driving blockchain-adoption.”

Opera has also joined forces with a crypto naming system that was built on Ethereum, developed by Unstoppable Domains. It stores domains using a decentralized public blockchain (Ethereum). In order to be able to access web addresses without having to enter a lengthy IP address, it is easier to register.com/.org domains. A.crypto name can be used to make your wallet address shorter. Instead of typing in a complex set public key numbers like operafan.crypto it will allow you to use a simple address, which can help you send and receive cryptos.

Opera, the original Web 3-ready browser in the world has integrated seamless IPFS support to allow for decentralized websites. IPFS (Internet Protocol for File Storage) is a protocol which allows data to be stored on the internet without being dependent on any specific server or cloud services.

Is it possible?

  • Instead of asking the internet for a file by its location/address, the browser can request a file via cryptographic hash.
  • IPFS delivers the file directly to the browser wherever the file is located.
  • Each network node keeps only what it is interested and index information. This helps to identify which node holds which content.
  • If you want to search for files to view, or download, the network will ask to locate the nodes that store the contents behind the name of the file. You don’t have to memorize the hash, as each file can be searched by human-readable files using a distributed naming system such Unstoppable Domains, or the Ethereum Nam System (ENS).

The result is that websites and files can all be stored securely in decentralized fashion and can be accessed by anyone without needing to access a single server. A truly cloudless type of storage, similar to BitTorrent. Opera has partnered closely with Protocol Labs, which is the principal actor in the IPFS protocol’s development, in order to include this experience within Opera for Android.

Charles Hamel explained that browsers play an important role in Web 3. He believes that the integration of these protocols into the most popular browser will increase their adoption.

Opera will announce this as a new step in their strategy to eradicate any obstacles that may arise from the use blockchain technologies.

The company has a rich history of blockchain exploration, starting with December 2018. Opera, a Norwegian company, introduced Opera for Android with a built in crypto wallet. Opera for Android added both a crypto wallet and dApp explorer to their desktop browser. The company later offered easy cryptocurrency-purchases in Scandinavian and American and plans to expand them into more countries.

Opera’s Android browser is rapidly growing. Over the course of the first half 2019, it saw an increase in its active user base worldwide by 40 percent. Google Play users have given the Opera browser Android an average rating 4.6 star and more than three millions reviews.

AppAnnie recently revealed that Opera Browser for Android, which is available in Germany and other countries, was ranked number one in the Social and Communications Apps category.

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