Opera launches new web browser focused on crypto and blockchain
Opera this month announced Crypto Browser Project, a spin-off web browser from its main Opera browser designed for Web3 with a strong focus on decentralized apps and websites, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies.
“Too few of the web browsing experiences offered today were designed with the intention of putting Web3 center stage and making blockchain technologies understandable and easy to use,” says Susie Batt, Head of Opera’s crypto ecosystem, in a blog post. “With the Crypto Browser project, we have decided to change that, and starting today, we invite the blockchain community to join this mission. If we want to take Web3 beyond big ideas, we need to create products that embrace both crypto enthusiasts who understand the space and those who are just getting started and want to explore it. Our belief is that the blockchain world needs a fully dedicated browsing experience.
Here are some of the main features of Opera’s Crypto Browser project:
- Non-custodial integrated crypto wallet.
- A secure clipboard that keeps data within the app.
- Integrated support for decentralized applications (dApps).
- Support for third-party crypto wallet extensions.
- Free built-in no-log browser VPN.
- Built-in ad blocker and tracker.
- Integration of Spotify, Twitter, Telegram and Whatsapp.
- Support for Ethereum, Bitcoin, Celo and Nervos blockchain networks.
- Future support confirmed for Handshake, NEAR, Polygon, and Solana networks.
“Over the past decade, blockchain technologies have established themselves as a robust, privacy-focused alternative to centralized platforms while creating tremendous value through their ease of use and decentralization,” says Batt. “Web3 is the evolution of this: it gives Internet users and developers the ability to solve the fundamental problems of the current Web, making the future more open and decentralized. Thanks to the power of strong encryption provided by blockchains, Web3 can finally provide a safe way for anyone to get involved in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies; from decentralized finance (DeFi) – where you are your own bank, to non-fungible tokens (NFT) – the amazing new realm of digital art, and GameFi – where you can earn by playing through all sorts of metaverses.
Opera’s new browser, currently offered by the Crypto Browser Project, is available to download and try as a beta for Windows devices, Android smartphones and tablets, and Mac computers. An iOS application is currently in preparation.
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