Opera’s multichain compatibility is part of the Crypto Browser project, which aims to make Web3 more accessible to the world’s 380 million mobile and desktop users.
Opera, a popular crypto-friendly browser, has announced the integration of eight blockchains as part of its ongoing effort to provide Web3. It caters to more than 380 million mobile and desktop users around the world.
Opera introduced the Crypto Browser project in January 2022, a Web3-focused venture for navigating decentralized applications (DApps), gaming, and metaverse platforms. The browser has extended support for eight key blockchain ecosystems as part of this initiative: Bitcoin, Solana, Polygon, StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos Network, and IXO.
Opera users now have access to the Polygon and Solana DApp ecosystems, as well as “the benefits of Layer 2 DeFi with StarkWare-powered DiversiFi,” according to the announcement.
Users of Opera can now use StarkEx to access the Polygon proof-of-stake blockchain and Ethereum layer-2 ecosystem.
The goal of integrating various blockchains, according to the company, was to assure chain agnosticism and environmentally sustainable Web3 participation. Jrgen Arnesen, Opera’s EVP mobile, stated:
“Ultimately, Web3 will become a mainstream web technology, and users will be unaware that they are engaging with it.” They require a superior user experience as well as a real advantage.”
One of the key reasons for adopting Polygon over the Ethereum blockchain is the requirement for carbon-neutral solutions with low gas costs, as stated in the announcement.
Although it has yet to be implemented, Brave, an Opera competitor, revealed plans to integrate the Solana blockchain to boost its DApp capability in November 2021.
Brave is a privacy-focused browser that blocks advertisements, trackers, and cross-site cookies. Users may deposit crypto and interact with DApps via the browser’s built-in digital wallet, which is similar to MetaMask. Brave Browser boasts 1.3 million content providers and 42 million monthly active users.
Executives from Brave and Solana Labs announced that the Brave browser would integrate with the Solana blockchain and display Solana decentralized applications, or DApps, on its browser during Solana’s Breakpoint conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Simultaneously, Solana will encourage its DApp users to use Basic Attention Tokens (BAT), the Brave Browser’s native digital currency.
Solana is a blockchain that will power decentralized applications (DApps) and decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols. The network is recognized for its lightning-fast transactions and low transaction fees. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX, music streaming platform Audius, USD Coin (USDC), nonfungible token hosting platform Metaplex, and high-frequency trading firm Alameda are among the companies that use its blockchain.
By market capitalization, Solana’s SOL token has recently overtaken Cardano (ADA) and Tether (USDT) to become the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency.