Opera Becomes First Major Browser to Enable Direct Bitcoin Payments

In a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Oct. 21, the company announced the news, outlining how Opera’s 350 million users can now send and receive BTC directly from the app, as well as using the cryptocurrency to purchase goods and services on e-commerce websites.

Charles Hamel

In addition, the browser now enables adding a Bitcoin and TRON (TRX) card into the built-in Crypto Wallet to keep track of the cryptocurrency owned. Charles Hamel, head of crypto at Opera, commented on the new feature launch that they believe that opening a browser for more blocks, including Bitcoin, is a logical next step to make a solution more relevant to anyone who owns a Bitcoin crypto wallet and wants to do things with their cryptography instead of just keeping it in their account.

The features were previously released this summer in the browser’s Beta version, while in February Ether (ETH) was the first cryptocurrency available for purchasing through the app.

Opera’s Web 3-focused developments

Opera has been actively presenting new technologies related to Web 3 in recent months, the term referring to a new web progression, creating high-quality content and involving blockchain, decentralized computing and digital currencies.

The company released its mobile web browser’s iOS version, Opera Touch, which supports Ethereum protocol and Ethereum Web3 applications, as well as a Web 3 explorer which allows users to transact and communicate with Web 3.

While Opera’s market share among other browsers accounts for only 3% as of September 2019, its latest development is another step forward to “an experimental integration of Web 3” and further adoption of cryptocurrencies.

As Hamel previously claimed, the company aims to remove the friction involved in “using cryptocurrencies online and accessing Web 3 via special apps or extensions,” in a bid to make the emerging technologies more mainstream.In the meantime, cryptocurrency-powered browser Brave claimed high user engagement, with daily active users standing at over 2.8 million, and the number of creators subscribed to its web advertisement network also reportedly increased substantially.

Opera’s Web 3

Credit : Cointelegraph

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