Samsung to Add Its Crypto Wallet to Budget Galaxy Smartphones

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics is reportedly planning to add its cryptocurrency wallet to budget Galaxy smartphones, and work with local telecom firms on blockchain-based initiatives.

As covered, Samsung’s recent flagship model range, the Galaxy S10, included a built-in cryptocurrency wallet, as well as what appear to be ‘blockchain tutorials’ for its private key storage solution. Through a recent announcement, the company revealed it’s expanding the range of Galaxy smartphones with these features, and make them available on more jurisdictions.

In the announcement, the senior managing director of Product Strategy at Samsung’s Wireless division, Chae Won-cheol, stated:

We will lower barriers to new experiences by gradually expanding the number of Galaxy models that support blockchain functions. We will also expand our service target countries after Korea, the United States and Canada.

According to a report published by Business Korea, the South Korean tech giant is planning to cooperate with telecom firms like SK Telecom and KT (formerly Korea Telecom) on blockchain-based mobile identification cards, and more.

When the tech giant initially added a cryptocurrency wallet to the Galaxy S10 various analysts believed it was extremely bullish for the cryptocurrency space, but soon after it was revealed the wallet wasn’t widely available.

The company’s recent move is now expected to be bullish for the crypto market, and to help popularize the use of blockchain technology. Over the last few months it has been focusing more and more on the nascent technology, and is even reported to be building its own Ethereum-based blockchain, which could include a “Samsung Coin” token.

Samsung initially filed a trademark application for a cryptocurrency wallet back in December of last year, and has since then been slowly entering the crypto and blockchain space. Recently, it invested $2.9 million in crypto wallet startup Ledger.

Opera Launches Blockchain, Cryptocurrency-Ready Browser for iOS

Opera Ltd., the company behind the Opera browser, has recently launched a new blockchain and cryptocurrency-ready browser for iOS, following the company’s addition of a built-in cryptocurrency wallet to its Android and PC browsers.

According to a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, the company’s Opera Touch browser for iOS features “crypto wallet integration and Web 3 support,” meaning users can interact with blockchain-based applications through it, as if they were using an extension like MetaMask. The company hinted at the move in March of this year.

The company touts it now offers browsers supporting blockchain-based applications and with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet in various operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS, allowing users to “seamlessly interact with the next generation of Web 3 applications.”

Currently, the browser only supports ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins, and non-fungible tokens, although the company has revealed earlier this year it’s looking to add support for TRON and multiple other blockchains within a  year.

Charles Hamel, Opera’s head of crypto, stated:

We believe that all modern browsers should integrate a crypto wallet. This will enable new business models to emerge on the web. Opera is the first browser to make using crypto on the Web seamless and easy. Following a strong demand from the crypto-community, we are now making this experience available on iOS.

In the press release the company added it believes the “web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow,” with cryptocurrencies being at its forefront. Along with the iOS release, the company announced it partnered with a decentralized-application (dApp) called Marble.Cards, which allows users to turn unique web pages into collectible cards on the blockchain, each being a non-fungible token.

The Opera touch browser itself has a user interface built to let users use large phone screens with ease, as it shifts the navigation towards the bottom of the screen and adds features that make it easy to share pages across devices.

Opera’s main Android browser is also its cryptocurrency-ready browser for the operating system, and it has made it easier for users to buy cryptocurrencies directly from their mobile phones.