Along the ongoing crypto drive, leading businesses have begun fusing crypto-related services to harness an edge in the marketplace – a clear indication of mainstream adoption. While some have aims to disrupt and dominate cross-border payments, businesses like Opera and other Chromium-based web browsers are leading their niche markets in terms of enabling a crypto-friendly environment.
Maintaining its stronghold, Opera announced a beta update for its Android users, which enables BTC and Tron (TRX and TRC10 tokens) transactions in addition to the previously supported Ethereum and ERC tokens. The news was made public through a blog post and propagated through its official Twitter handle, which read,
“Just in: we’ve begun testing @Tronfoundation and @Bitcoin support in the beta version of the Opera browser for Android.”
While the company detailed on the latest release of its Android browser, they highlighted that it marked a step towards making Web 3 more mainstream and argued that it should be the new standard for all browsers. Enjoying its market leader status, Opera’s in-built Crypto Wallet’s final update will be made accessible to more than 183 million mobile users alone, and is speculated to highly influence crypto adoption.
Since its launch in December 2018, Opera’s growing market share can be attributed to its seamless user interface that doesn’t require any third-party browser extensions or wallet applications.
The above graph is also a clear indication that Opera’s crypto initiative has tremendously impacted the browser’s market share, primarily driven by growing markets such as China and India.
The blog highlighted this fact,
“The decision to add two major blockchains to our platform marks one further step in our strategy to make Web 3 more inclusive and user-friendly for people around the world.
To use the current Bitcoin and TRON integration, download the Opera browser beta from Google Play. The Crypto Wallet is only supported on devices with Android 6.0 or higher.”
Following the update, Opera has marked a concrete position in the cryptospace. The browser also supports in-built VPN and privacy-related services, which will also help users within the restricted nationalities easy access to the ecosystem.
Crypto Firm Chief Accepts Invitation to Warren Buffett Lunch With Tron’s Justin Sun
Jeremy Allaire, chief executive officer of crypto-powered finance firm Circle, has just accepted an invitation to join Tron and BitTorrent CEO Justin Sun for a lunch date with legendary investor Warren Buffett. Allaire, who founded the Goldman Sachs-backed Circle in 2013, will attend the event along with Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin, the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency, who has also confirmed his attendance as one of Sun’s guests.
The high-profile lunch comes on the heels of a series of intense debates about the caliber and integrity of the cryptocurrency industry with critics calling it everything from a scam to a cesspool, and supporters calling it revolutionary.
The topic was a key focus among G7 finance ministers who gathered in Chantilly, France on Wednesday. While regulators have reached no clear consensus on a regulatory framework, Facebook’s entry into the space – and the reality of its 2.5 billion users – have driven tremendous attention and a sense of urgency for lawmakers to act swiftly.
In the US, the ongoing controversy over crypto sparked two consecutive congressional hearings this week with politicians debating Libra while grilling Facebook’s David Marcus. The tech giant’s plans to launch a digital coin on a new global payments platform sparked even deeper discussions about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general, evoking a critical tweet from President Donald Trump and warnings from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
As progress heats up and blockchain developers continue to build new products and services, Sun says that both Trump and Buffett, who have made strident remarks condemning cryptocurrencies, are ill-informed about the tech, its benefits and its important use cases around the world. He hopes the face-to-face meeting will allow him and his colleagues to give Buffett a broad overview and a better understanding of the digital economy, shattering the old tropes and stereotypes about Bitcoin as a vehicle for crooks.
Sun also made one of his customary announcements via Twitter about an upcoming announcement, indicating that something significant is in store for his two platforms, Tron and BitTorrent
Sun won the upcoming lunch date on July 25th with the Berkshire Hathaway CEO by placing the winning bid of $4.56 million last month at Buffett’s annual charity auction for the GLIDE Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides services for the homeless in San Francisco.
Tron back in the limelight after Ledger integrated with TronLink to boost mainstream adoption
Tron, the Justin Sun-led cryptocurrency, has been in the news multiple times this year, on the back of several updates and developments. The cryptocurrency is in the limelight again after its latest partnership with Ledger, the popular hardware wallet. On July 18, it was revealed that Ledger will be integrated with TronLink, Tron’s very own Google Chrome extension.
TronLink announced the same on Twitter and tweeted,
“We are pleased to announce that @Ledger, the global leading hardware wallets, has been functionally integrated to #TronLink. Ledger users can manage and transfer their #TRON-based assets through TronLink now.”
The official press release from TronLink informed users that they can install the Tron application on the Ledger Nano S or the Ledger Blue, in order to manage their respective TRX tokens on the TronLink plug-in. The movement into the hardware market was seen by the community as a step by Tron to boost mainstream adoption, not just in the software sector, but also in an area where rival cryptocurrencies have gained a foothold.
The partnership with TronLink is one of several that Ledger has participated in and aligns with the words reiterated by Ledger CEO Pascal Gauthier a few weeks ago. He had said,
“It’s time that the market stop making promises and starts delivering first.” Following the remarks “we not here to promote currencies. Crypto winters bring innovation; it forces you to ask the right question. But like all weathers, this winter must also come to an end.”
Tron was also in the news recently after the Foundation revealed plans for its previously postponed TRC20-USDT incentive plan. The updated TRC20-USDT Incentive Plan 2.0 will allow users to tap into a reward pool of 200 million Yuan. Tron had said,
“We hope to encourage users to exchange the USDT in their balance with TRC20 USDT. The campaign is set to run till mid-August. Holders of TRC20 USDT can get token airdrop as returns on a daily basis, and the annualized return date can be as high as 100 percent.”
Tron CEO Justin Sun Teases ‘Huge’ Announcement While Preparing for Lunch with Warren Buffett
Justin Sun keeps the Tron community in suspense, but its members are seemingly not impressed
Tron CEO Justin Sun has just spilled the beans about some sort of ‘huge’ announcement that is coming next week.
Currently, the twitterati is preparing for his highly anticipated lunch with Warren Buffett, asking his armada of followers to suggest some good questions.
An announcement of an announcement
Sun is known for acting coy with Tron’s huge user base, thus amplifying the hype around his project. However, the impact of this marketing trick on the price of TRX is rather dubious. For example, he made a similarly obscure tweet on Jun 1 that generated thousands of likes, but the coin remained in the red.
Judging by the reception of his most recent tweet, it seems clear that this tactic has become tired, and many of Sun’s followers are simply ridiculing him. In fact, it was hard to find at least one user who would be genuinely excited about this.
Ask Warren Buffett
Whatever the announcement is, it will be most definitely overshadowed by Sun’s lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett that will also take place next week. As reported by U.Today, the Tron CEO forked out a whopping $4.5 mln to win this year’s charity lunch with the Oracle of Omaha.
Despite skepticism, Sun is certain that he could win over the stubborn crypto hater. In the interim, he asked his followers to come up with some questions for Buffett.