Opera has revealed new plans to integrate the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) with its popular web browser. Although the news has not been officially confirmed, Opera’s Charles Hamel has presented the plan at the ongoing EthCC conference. ENS itself has also acknowledged the news on Twitter:
So glad to hear @opera is integrating ENS + IPFS! ??? Woohoo! #ethereum pic.twitter.com/maYb5KOWGo
— Ethereum Name Service (@ensdomains) March 5, 2019
What Is ENS?
The Ethereum Name Service basically allows Ethereum addresses to be represented as human-readable domain names. In their natural state, Ethereum addresses are long strings of text that are hard to read and impossible to memorize. Meanwhile, an ENS address might look something like ethereum.eth.
These addresses have many applications, but they mainly allow funds to be sent to a recipient as easily as an email. With a compatible wallet, such as MyEtherWallet, you can simply enter someone’s ENS address, and the wallet will direct your transaction to the correct…