Opera announces beta of its new Web3 focused ‘Crypto Browser’
Opera, the prominent internet browser maker located in Norway, has published a beta version of its new Crypto Browser Project. This crypto browser intends to make browsing DApps, gaming, and metaverse platforms easier for Windows, Mac, and Android users by providing direct access to Web3 services.
The latest version of the Opera browser includes a no-login VPN and a built-in ad and tracker blocker, all of which contribute to its security. According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph, the new crypto browser will keep these security measures while also providing direct access to decentralized exchanges, NFTs, and gaming DApps, as well as Telegram and Twitter integration.
The project’s major purpose, according to Jorgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera, is to help crypto and Web3 become more mainstream:
“Opera’s Crypto Browser Project offers customers a Web3 experience that is easier, faster, and more private. It clarifies the Web3 user experience, which might be perplexing for non-technical users. For the decentralized web to attain its full potential, Opera believes Web3 must be simple to use.”
In beta, a built-in non-custodial wallet will support Ethereum and owing to recent agreements, it will soon support Polygon, Solana, Nervos, Celo, and naming systems such as Unstoppable Domains, Handshake, and ENS as well. The integration between Opera and Polygon (MATIC) is set to launch in the first quarter of 2022.
The wallet supports both fungible and non-fungible ERC-20 and ERC-721 standards, with ERC-1155 expected in Q1 2022. Users will also be able to buy cryptocurrency via a built-in fiat-to-crypto onramp, perform crypto-to-crypto swaps, and browse an NFT gallery.
Opera expects to gather input from the crypto community on their beta in order to adopt any changes “collectively,” according to the firm.