Opera launches crypto wallet for Bitcoin, Ethereum


Opera Limited said it has launched a built-in crypto wallet across its browsers. The Norwegian company is now letting its US users purchase cryptocurrencies using a debit card or Apple Pay.

The wallet allows users to carry out crypto top-ups via its Android browser, its iOS browser Opera Touch as well as in the crypto wallet available in its desktop browser.

It would be recalled in December 2018, that the Norwegian company introduced the first blockchain browser, Opera for Android, with a built-in crypto wallet and dApp explorer. Opera then added a built-in crypto wallet to its desktop browser as well as to its iOS browser, Opera Touch. It later introduced easy crypto-purchases in Scandinavia and is now expanding them to the US.

In the US, Opera said it will partner with Wyre, a US cryptocurrency-brokerage firm, to enable crypto-purchases directly from the browser. Opera Android users in the US can now buy BTC and ETH using a debit card. iOS users can use Apple Pay.

Charles Hamel, Head of Crypto at Opera browsers, explained how this integration supports Opera’s long-term vision of making blockchain technology relevant beyond speculation: “Allowing our users to easily load cryptocurrency into their browsers digital wallet is very powerful, as it connects the Web to a global internet-native payment network.