Opera Launches Special ‘Labs’ Version of Built-In Crypto Wallet for Desktop Browser

Opera is launching a “Labs” beta edition of its desktop web browser today with built-in crypto wallet functionality.

Opera is launching today a “Labs” special edition of its desktop web browser with built-in crypto wallet functionality, according to an exclusive blog post shared with Cointelegraph Monday, September 24.

Opera first announced it would be integrating a built-in crypto wallet for its desktop browser in early August, and “Labs” is today open for private beta testers of Opera for Android.

According to the blog post, the new edition will enable users to authenticate Web 3.0 and decentralized application (DApp) transactions made on their computer using their Android phone. “Labs” is therefore fully interoperable with the mobile crypto wallet that Opera first launched as part of its beta Opera for Android in July earlier this year.

Opera has emphasized that users are not required to setup a new wallet and can continue to securely store their wallet keys on the hardware of their phone. The paired mobile-desktop system will also take advantage of the phone’s system lock to secure transactions using fingerprint confirmations for both token transfers and DApp interactions.

As with the mobile app, the desktop client supports digital collectibles — non-fungible digital “things,” such as CryptoKitties or baseball cards — that users have been able to send directly between Opera crypto wallets as of September 7.

In July, electronics giant HTC reported that it would be releasing a smartphone, the HTC Exodus, containing a both cryptocurrency wallet and CryptoKitties later in 2018.

As previously reported, Opera’s interoperable mobile-desktop wallet works by enabling users to connect their desktop browser to their existing crypto wallet-enabled mobile app by scanning a QR code — a system that Opera has been using to synchronize desktop-mobile apps for several years, as for example, with its WhatsApp web client.

Opera’s web and mobile browsers have notably included anti-cryptojacking software as of January this year. In August, web browser Firefox announced it will being blocking cryptojacking malware in future versions of its web browser as well.

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HTC Reveals Plans To Launch Blockchain-Powered Smartphone

HTC reveals plans to release a multiple blockchain-powered smartphone to allow customers to “truly own their data.”

Consumer electronics corporation HTC has unveiled “the first native blockchain phone”, HTC Exodus, which will launch with support for multiple blockchains, including Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) networks, PCMag reported May 15. HTC Vive creator Phil Chen announced the forthcoming project at the Consensus conference in New York City today.

Chen highlighted that the upcoming phone will support “multiple blockchain protocols,” such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Lightning Network (LN), and Dfinity network. He said the company’s mission is to support the entire blockchain ecosystem in order to “help underlying protocols expand their base of dedicated nodes.”

The Android mobile device will reportedly feature a universal cryptocurrency wallet as well as a “secure hardware enclave.” Chen also stressed that the HTC Exodus would provide high standards of security and data protection:

“I want to see a world where the end consumers can truly own their data—browsing history, identity, assets, wallets, emails, messaging—without the need for central authorities.”

While Chen did not specify either the estimated price of Exodus or the expected release date, he said that the company may consider cryptocurrency as a means of payment for the upcoming multiple blockchain-powered phone.

HTC has seen its global market share in mobile devices shrink from nearly 11 percent in 2011 to less than one percent last year. While HTC’s high-end smartphone production could reach 500,000 to 1 mln this year, that number pales in comparison to Samsung, who reportedly shipped 20 mln units of the Galaxy S8 in 2017.

HTC is not the first to develop a blockchain-based mobile phone. In April, the blockchain-oriented OS developer and supplier Sirin Labs found a manufacturer for its blockchain smartphone. FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology, has agreed to help develop the phone. Foxconn is a giant in electronics contract manufacturing, with clients including Apple, Google, Cisco, Huawei, and Amazon.

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