In July, we launched our first browser with a built-in crypto wallet. We really appreciate all the positive feedback and you helping us test the crypto wallet!
Today we are expanding the private beta to an even wider audience (sign up here). We are also adding two major features which dramatically improve the user experience of Web3 Dapps and crypto-payments on the web in general.
Send collectibles directly from the Opera crypto wallet
We are big fans of collectibles. They are unique digital things you can own on the blockchain and collect in your wallet. We believe that as an increasing portion of our lives moves online, so will our collections of things. These digital things are known in the crypto world as “collectibles”, “unique tokens” or “non-fungible tokens or NIFTYs”. Even though they are still at an early stage of adoption, you can already collect unique baseball cards or CryptoKitties and store them in your crypto wallet. We believe this is only the beginning of this trend and that, as technology and usability improves, more online games and other services will adopt such tokens. We also see the possibility for these unique tokens to unlock access to content or verify eligibility for certain digital services.
We’re now innovating by allowing you to send crypto-collectibles directly from the wallet to the person you want to, something that previously required visiting a digital marketplace and trading them.
We have changed this and made sending crypto-collectibles as easy as sending money via Venmo in the U.S. or Vipps or Swish in Scandinavian countries. We feel this makes them more tangible from a user’s perspective.
Receive notifications about transaction progress and completion
The second feature we’re adding is transaction notifications. A common usability problem in current blockchains and wallets is that transactions are not instantaneous, and that users are kept in the dark as to what is happening between the moment they have made a transaction and before it’s actually completed. During that time, they often find themselves asking what is going on.
We are solving this by tracking the user’s transactions and notifying them about their progress and completion. The same applies if you are receiving a payment, a token or a collectible: you will get notified that there is something new in your wallet!
Anyone who has used other wallets and tried to send a collectible to anyone else will notice that both our updates are significant improvements that make using crypto-collectibles both easier and more fun, which might speed up the adoption by a larger audience in the future.
Opera for Android with Crypto Wallet supports Ethereum, All ERC-20 Tokens as well as a curated list of ERC-721 Unique Tokens/Collectibles. Users can discover Ethereum Dapps and other sites using the wallet functionality by accessing the Opera Dapp Store.
Opera for Android with crypto wallet is currently available in private. Go to www.opera.com/crypto to get an invitation to test.
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