In what seems to be a theme today, Opera has revealed it's launching a private beta for a crypto-integrated version of its browser. This new beta adds a built-in wallet for cryptocurrencies as well as support for Ethereum-based decentralized applications (Dapps, for those in the know).
Opera believes that more people would try cryptocurrencies and Dapps if the platforms implementing them were more numerous and easier to use. By integrating both into its browser, Opera believes that there's an increased chance for adoption, and it's probably right.
The company has chosen to support the Ethereum Web3 API for Dapps, which has proven to be a popular solution. That means plenty of Dapps out there should be supported by Opera's experiment, with a convenient Dapp discovery method called "Dapp Explorer" also included. The cryptocurrency wallet also supports Ethereum tokens and collectibles, like CryptoKitties. That includes all ERC20 tokens, with support for more ERC-721 tokens/collectibles coming in the future. The browser's included wallet even integrates with Coinbase Commerce, which should make for an easy checkout process on sites that use the service. So far it looks like Ethereum is the only supported currency for the built-in wallet.
Opera considers all these additions to be part of its investment in the growing decentralized and privacy-minded Web 3.0 philosophy.
Interestingly, Opera appears to have taken down the blog post announcing this beta, and the page where readers were previously invited to register for the beta is also 404ing, though related socials and videos are still up.
The latest public beta for Opera is out (version 48.0.2310.131725) and the changelog references the Crypto Wallet feature, meaning its now open for anyone to try out. The update is available from the Play Store, plus we also have it over at APK Mirror if you'd rather download it from there.