The public launch follows a private beta phase announced in July of 2018. The following month, Opera had announced plans to launch its desktop web browser with a built-in crypto wallet with Ethereum support.
In an online post dated December 13, Charles Hamel, Product Lead of Opera Crypto, said that the Opera browser for Android features crypto wallet integration and support for Web 3 – an umbrella term for a set of emerging technologies (cryptos, blockchain, distributed systems) which will extend the capabilities of the web.
“With a built-in crypto wallet, our browser has the potential to renew and extend its important role as a tool to access information, make transactions online and manage users’ online identity in a way that gives them more control,” Hamel explained.
According to the announcement, the new browser supports Ethereum and will access the Ethereum blockchain through Infura, an infrastructure platform that provides secure, reliable, and scalable access to Ethereum.
Users can now download Opera from the Play Store. In order to make Web 3 transactions, they would be required to purchase some ether and store it in their Opera Crypto Wallet. Once the cryptocurrency is stored, users would be able to access a selection of Web 3 apps in the Dapp store, accessible from within the browser’s built-in Crypto Wallet.