the opera has released its Web3 “Crypto Browser” in beta with features like an integrated crypto wallet, easy access to crypto/NFT exchanges, support for decentralized applications (dApps) and much more. The aim is to “simplify the user experience of Web3, which is often disconcerting for ordinary users,” Opera executive vice president Jorgen Arnensen said in a statement.
A key feature is the integrated non-custodial wallet that will support blockchains including Ethereum, Bitcoin, Celo and Nervos from the start. It also announced partnerships with Polygon and others. The idea is to allow you to access your cryptocurrency without the need for extensions, with the option to use third-party wallets as well. You can buy cryptocurrencies via fiat to cryptocurrency on the ramp, exchange cryptocurrencies directly in the wallet, send and receive them, and check your wallet balance. It even has a secure clipboard which ensures that other apps cannot data when you copy/paste.
The other main feature is support for Web3, also known as blockchain-based decentralized internet, also known as the new thing among crypto enthusiasts (and skeptics). In addition to providing extra security through blockchain encryption, it allows users to access things like GameFi “where you can earn while playing all sorts of metaverses,” notes Opera. It also offers a “Crypto Corner” with the latest blockchain news that also “let you grow your Web3 skills,” according to Opera.
Opera’s rival Mozilla recently announced that it would accept cryptocurrency donations, but was hit by a backlash from users, including co-founder Jamie Zawinski, over the environmental impact of blockchain. Perhaps anticipating a similar reaction, Opera said it was working to implement the more energy-efficient Etherium Layer 2 standard “as soon as possible”.
Other companies like Ubisoft jumping on the blockchain train with NFTs and other offerings were hit by similar criticism. However, Opera at least gives its users a choice with multiple browser options as it also offers its regular Opera browser and a dedicated one for gamers. Encryption browser is now available for android, windows and Mac, with an iOS version coming soon.
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