Opera for Android Integrates FIO Protocol to Enable Better Web3 Usability
The Foundation for Interwallet Operability (FIO) is excited to announce the completed integration of FIO Protocol in Opera’s flagship Android browser. The FIO Protocol is an open-source, decentralized usability solution that works across all blockchains, and uses human-readable Crypto Handles (e.g. hello@opera) to replace the complexity, risk, and inconvenience of transacting with long-string public wallet addresses.
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The FIO Protocol grants Opera for Android users the ease of sending and receiving digital currency to and from their Opera Crypto Wallet using these FIO Crypto Handles. Opera for Android users can register their @opera FIO Crypto Handle for free. This integration is the latest step in Opera’s mission to make crypto more accessible to its users by providing a single point of access to highly usable and interoperable web3 products.
“It’s part of Opera’s mission to make interacting with Web3 easier, thus lowering the entry point. With this integration of FIO, we are allowing people to identify themselves and transact with easily-memorized handles. This is just the beginning of our work in the space,” said Susie Batt, Crypto Ecosystem Lead at Opera.
‘“The next decade is going to see huge disruption in how people view their relationship with data and information they search for. Increasingly people will begin to view their data as their personal property to be stored in a secure self-sovereign way and cryptocurrencies enable service providers and people to interact free from centralized third parties. The FIO protocol aims to create the usability layer currently needed so that anyone feels comfortable interacting with cryptocurrencies and the underlying blockchain technology”, said Luke Stokes, Managing Director of the Foundation for Interwallet Operability.
Opera is dedicated to simplifying user onboarding to web3 by removing barriers to entry for web3 novices and experts alike — across its product range. The integration of FIO Protocol is the latest demonstration of that commitment, and this partnership will continue working to bring easier, less risky crypto transactions to Opera for Android users and the web3 space at large.
In January 2022, Opera announced the beta version of its innovative Crypto Browser Project dedicated to the crypto-curious and the Web3-native. FIO will become available in the Crypto Browser in the future.
How to Set Up a FIO Crypto Handle in Opera for Android
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In order to set up your FIO Crypto Handle, click on the O icon at the bottom right of the screen, then proceed to settings and click on Crypto Wallet. You should then get a prompt encouraging you to register your FIO Crypto Handle. Check out the demo video below to see this quick and simple process firsthand:
Opera is a global web innovator with an engaged and growing base of hundreds of millions of monthly active users who seek a better internet experience. Building on over 25 years of innovation that started with browser products, Opera is now leveraging its brand and highly engaged user base in order to expand its business into new segments. Today, Opera offers users around the world a range of products and services that include PC and mobile browsers, the newsreader Opera News, and apps dedicated to gaming, crypto, e-commerce and classifieds. In 2018, Opera introduced the first browser with a built-in crypto wallet and web3 support. In January 2022, Opera announced the beta shipment of its dedicated Crypto Browser Project for Windows, Mac and Android with iOS coming soon. Opera is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (OPRA). The Crypto Wallet in Opera’s products is provided by Blueboard Limited, an Irish private company registered with the Central Bank of Ireland as a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP), and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Opera group.
The (FIO) Protocol is a blockchain that enables easier, safer and more joyful crypto transactions on any type of token or coin. It serves as a usability layer for the entire blockchain ecosystem enabling, among other things, human readable wallet names that replace complex public addresses, the ability to request crypto payments versus just sending and the ability to include data such as notes, order carts or invoices alongside crypto transactions on every blockchain. The Foundation for Interwallet Operability is an industry guided non-profit entity whose mission is to facilitate improvement to and adoption of the FIO Protocol. Many of the industry’s leading wallets and exchanges have integrated the FIO protocol thereby enabling access to its capabilities for their users which, combined, represent millions of people.