Opera already had a mobile web browser with a cryptocurrency wallet built into it, but it wanted to make sure desktop computer users were covered, as well. It has now introduced the Opera 60 web browser, codename Reborn 3, which provides all the normal bells and whistles Opera includes, but which adds a crypto wallet for the first time.
In order to better protect the wallet, Opera 60 also brings in advanced security and privacy features, according to the company’s blog post on the subject. The browser offers a built-in ad blocker and an unlimited virtual private network (VPN) and the wallet can sync directly with the Android version of the wallet to provide seamless access to wallet keys.
The blog post asserts, “With this release, we are introducing a new, borderless design inspired by low-key and high-key lighting photography. It turns the browser into the perfect frame for the Web.”
“Opera now also includes Web 3-support and a Crypto Wallet, an important new feature. It allows you to browse and make transactions the blockchain-based Internet of the future, also known as Web 3. This makes Opera the first ever Web 3-ready computer browser. Combined with a built-in VPN and ad blocker, Opera gives you all the tools you need to be in control of your digital life.
“We believe these features should constitute the new standard of browsing and that users shouldn’t settle for anything less. After all, the browser remains the most important application through which you interact with the Web over many hours each day. At Opera, we want to improve the quality, privacy and security of your web browsing and to give you access to features other browsers don’t yet have.“
The new browser is meant to be “minimalist” compared to previous version. It offers redesigned tabs to “elicit a visceral response” and the snapshot tool has been relocated to make it easier to capture screenshots.
Regarding the Web 3 integration, Opera asserts, “Web 3 is an umbrella term for a set of emerging technologies intersecting cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed systems that, together, extend the capabilities of the Web we all use today in important and meaningful ways. It is the decentralized Web, where information is in the hands of the users.”
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