On October 21, the company announced the news in a Press Release that Opera’s 350 million users can now send and receive BTC directly from the browser, as well as can use the cryptocurrency for purchasing goods and services on e-commerce websites.
Introducing #Bitcoin support to the Crypto Wallet in the new Opera for Android. Just add a Bitcoin card to your wallet & start sending or receiving crypto today: https://t.co/VCOHNZuImw. #operacrypto #btc pic.twitter.com/fX3VavDWUB — Opera (@opera) October 22, 2019
“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
Likewise, the features were previously released in the Beta version of the browser this summer, while the first cryptocurrency available for purchase through the browser was Ether (ETH) in February.
In recent months, Opera has actively presented new developments related to Web 3, the term which refers to a new evolution of the web, with the creation of high-quality content and involvement of blockchain, decentralized computing, and digital currencies.
However, the company released the iOS version of its mobile web browser, Opera Touch, which supports Ethereum protocol and Ethereum Web3 apps, and a Web 3 explorer, which enables users to conduct transactions and interact with Web 3.
Although Opera’s market share among other browsers accounts for only 3% as of September 2019. Hence, its latest development is another step forward to “an experimental integration of Web 3” and further adoption of cryptocurrencies.
Hamel previously claimed that 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.
Thus, in the meantime, Brave, the cryptocurrency-powered browser, 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.