Opera browser users will now be able to purchase cryptocurrency directly in the app after partnering with Simplex. Simplex is an EU licensed financial technology company founded in 2014 that provides access to more than 50 cryptocurrencies and is a major shareholder of the Visa network.
The Opera browser was one of the first to integrate the use of cryptocurrency into its core functionality, providing built-in wallets for Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Trons Tronix (TRX). Users can now switch from cryptocurrencies to cryptocurrencies with the same ease.
Simplex’s technological infrastructure is used by many well-known cryptocurrency exchange platforms such as Binance, Kucoin, OKEx, and others. Since its launch, the company has partnered with more than 350 cryptocurrency institutions and provided access to cryptocurrencies through credit and debit card purchases.
Opera’s privacy focus is that it comes with a free built-in VPN, and in 2020 it became the first browser to provide access to “.crypto” decentralized URLs along with domains that can’t be stopped.
A Simplex spokesperson told Cointelegraph that the integration was in response to user requests and that KYC browser checks can be completed in minutes.
Opera is currently the 5th most popular browser in the world, with nearly 2.5% market share behind Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.