Web Browser Opera Incorporates Bitcoin Payments in Platform Update

While crypto-focused platforms like Brave are attempting to attract users through new web solutions, Opera is seeking to boost adoption by making direct Bitcoin payments possible through their major web browser.

Date: 
October 24, 2019
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Web Browser Opera Incorporates Bitcoin Payments in Platform Update

Author: Dylan B
Date: 
October 24, 2019
Read time: 
2 minutes

While crypto-focused platforms like Brave are attempting to attract users through new web solutions, Opera is seeking to boost adoption by making direct Bitcoin payments possible through their major web browser.

While crypto-focused platforms like Brave are attempting to attract users through new web solutions, Opera is seeking to boost adoption by making direct Bitcoin payments possible through their major web browser.

We believe that opening our browser to more blockchains, including Bitcoin, is the logical next step to making our solution more relevant to anyone who has a Bitcoin crypto wallet and would like to do things with their cryptocurrencies beyond just keeping them in an account. (Charles Hamel - Te Head of Cryptocurrency for the Opera Platform)

This recent development came to light in a press release from the beginning of this week, which revealed that the 350 million users of the platform would now be able to make direct Bitcoin transactions through the browser as well as make purchases for goods and services on e-commerce websites with the digital asset. This exciting change comes after they tested the feature in a beta version of their browser and implemented Ethereum transactions earlier this year. 

The Opera browser also comes with a Bitcoin and TRON card that connects with the built-in wallet so that users can see how much they have at all times. 

The head of cryptocurrency for the platform, Charles Hamel, further explained why Opera decided to make the change: 

“We believe that opening our browser to more blockchains, including Bitcoin, is the logical next step to making our solution more relevant to anyone who has a Bitcoin crypto wallet and would like to do things with their cryptocurrencies beyond just keeping them in an account.”

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These new features come as part of Opera’s focus on developing their browser to keep up with the internet’s own evolution, a focus that is placing a lot of emphasis on blockchain and digital currencies. Their new mobile browser, for example, is built to support Ethereum and its decentralized apps, giving users the ability to conduct Ethereum transactions on the decentralized internet. 

While Opera may not be one of the biggest names when compared to its competitors, this is still another step toward making it easier for Bitcoin to achieve mainstream adoption. 

Posted by Dylan B

Dylan Buckley is a writer based in California. He became interested in cryptocurrency upon discovering it in 2014 and soon started investing as well as writing for a wide variety of clients and crypto-startups in the space. When he is not producing content for individuals and businesses, he is typically working on his own self-development content or making music.

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