By: Laura Marissa Cullell
Marketing & Operations Officer
A couple of weeks ago, Opera launched it’s cryptocurrency wallet in its Android browser in an attempt to bring cryptocurrencies to the mainstream. Currently, the built-in wallet supports Ether (ETH) through Ethereum web API — which allows access to decentralized DApps built on Ethereum blockchain.
According to Engadget, Opera chose the Ethereum platform because of how developers have embraced it to create apps with games, collectibles, exchanges, and gambling. Opera has also announced plans to support other cryptocurrencies in the future.
The list of features includes:
- Support for Ethereum-based DApps
- Access to Web 3.0 using the Opera Browser
- Facilitates online payments with cryptocurrencies using Opera
- Offers improved control of user’s privacy — the keys controlling funds and assets are stored on the phone, and nowhere else.
- Tokens and collectible support with future ERC721 collectibles in coming releases
- Web3 PWA Support which allows developers to create web apps that can appear on the user’s home screen. DApp developers can create native DApps without having to embed a wallet or relying on an external wallet app.
In the future, we would love to see support for non-Ethereum based DApps. There are a lot of promising blockchain ecosystems out there and should be able to showcase their capacity on Opera’s platform.
This article is the first in a two-part series which serves as a handy how-to on using Opera’s new features. Unfortunately at the moment of publishing, it’s currently only available on Android, but we’re looking forward to cross-platform availability soon.
Part II will cover sending and receiving tokens using Opera’s Crypto Wallet.
Step 1: Download
To start, download the app
Next, you need to activate the wallet. This user flow wasn’t clear to me as a first time Opera user so I had to have some help. To achieve this:
- Click the Opera logo on the bottom right corner of the mobile app
- Go to Settings
- Click Crypto Wallet
4. When you click on the Opera Logo again, the crypto wallet should be visible on the main menu like this:
6. Click on Crypto Wallet
Step 2: The Wallet and DApp Marketplace
The wallet interface begins like this:
Like most wallets, this one allows you to send and receive ETH. A main advantage of this Crypto Wallet is that it not only lets you see a list of all your ERC-20 tokens, but also access collectibles and games like CryptoKitties,Cryptogs, and Crypto Racing League to name a few.
The DApp Explorer
The Crypto Wallet has a built-in DApp explorer which grants you access to Ethereum DApps. When you click on the DApp explorer, you gain access to this screen:
You can see how easy it is to browse and select the different DApps!
Unlike other wallets which require a PIN to sign transactions, Opera’s crypto wallet uses Android’s sign-in mechanism (Fingerprint, or android unlock screen PIN) instead of a separate, complex password. All of the keys that control the wallet remain on the device itself and aren’t stored centrally.
The Opera browser also recently added a tool to prevent crypto-jacking through the browser, taking the browser’s security one step further.
I recognize that my first foray in Opera seemed a little difficult at first but once I passed the initial hurdle of unlearning Chrome, it became easy to use. The Crypto Wallet is an awesome add-on that provides an almost intuitive user-experience and really opens up the world of Ethereum to newbies interested in entering the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Opera’s new wallet represents the advent of the natural transition of crypto wallets from desktop to mobile. This Crypto Wallet has the potential to not only bring cryptocurrencies to the mainstream but also Web3 and DApps on blockchain. I am looking forward to seeing where Opera goes next.
What do you think of Opera’s new Crypto Wallet? What are some features you would like to see? Let us know in the comments or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org!