Leading browser provider Opera has announced a new partnership with leading strategic blockchain advisory and financial services firm Ledger Capital in an effort to grow the company’s blockchain technology initiative. A new press release reveals that the two companies will be exploring further use-cases of blockchain technology and determining how these technologies could be applied to Opera products. Opera became the first major web browser to offer a native cryptocurrency wallet in July of this year.
“We are excited to work with an innovator and industry leader like Opera,” said Ding’an Fei, Managing Partner at Ledger Capital. “Opera has already taken the lead among the major browsers, with the integration of the innovative crypto wallet and investments from other leading crypto companies like Bitmain. We are looking forward to exploring the next steps in how Opera will leverage its massive ecosystem and technical competencies to create exponential value for its user base and the greater blockchain space.”
Along with the Brave Browser, Opera has been one of the pioneering Internet browsing companies looking for ways to incorporate cryptocurrency and blockchain technology into its platform. Opera became the first major mobile browser to add a built in crypto wallet and Web 3.0 support in July, shortly after being listed on Nasdaq under the ticker OPRA. The native wallet removed the need for users to install separate Dapp browsers or crypto wallet extensions, thereby lowering the barrier of entry into digital currencies for users and developers alike.
Based out of Norway, Opera has been open about the company’s aim to facilitate the mainstream global adoption of cryptocurrencies. The platform currently supports over 300 million users worldwide.
“Having a crypto wallet in the browser brings the cash experience to the world of online payments,” said Charles Hamel, Product Lead of Opera’s crypto wallet. “Paying with the crypto wallet is like sending digital cash straight from your phone, and we’ve just made it easier. This opens up new possibilities for merchants and content creators alike.”
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