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• Polygon, Solana, StarkEx, Bitcoin & Co. are new partners of the Opera crypto browser
• Beta version available since mid-January
• Opera’s head of crypto in reference to risks associated with new technology
“[Opera verbindet] easy web browsing with access to dApps and Metaverse platforms. Opera partners with the most important ecosystems and blockchains, including Polygon, Solana, Unstoppable Domains, Handshake, ENS and many other partners.” This is what the Norwegian browser company Opera writes on its website. In a press release dated March 30, 2022, it is specified in more detail, that the new partners, in addition to Polygon and Solana, are StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos, IXO and Bitcoin. of Opera could only access Ethereum.
Polygon already supported by desktop version
According to news platform CoinDesk (as of March 30, 2022), Susie Batt, Head of Crypto Ecosystem at Opera, said in an exclusive email that the desktop version of the crypto browser is already available on Polygon and “ soon” on the rest of its products. new partner can access. Additionally, all of the new partners’ products are apparently expected to be available for Android users, while there’s still no timeline for the iOS rollout.
First Opera wallet in 2018
Opera first offered a crypto wallet and Web3 support in 2018 – in the press release at the end of March, however, the company explained that only cooperation with new partners really drives the project forward. The beta version of the new crypto browser has been available since mid-January this year.
The idea behind it is that users can integrate their crypto wallets into the browser and have direct access to them, i.e. browsing and trading are agreed on one platform. In addition to crypto owners among its total of over 344 million monthly users, Opera could also attract users from other browsers and continue to grow in popularity. For comparison: according to Statista, market leader Google had around 89.09 billion users in December 2021.
Crypto browsers could also pose unknown risks
CoinDesk quoted Susie Batt in her email saying, “Providing environmentally friendly solutions to our users is an important task for Opera and moving the business to Layer2 technology contributes significantly to minimizing the carbon footprint. We see this as the potentially missing piece on the road to mass adoption of Web3.” And: Customer safety is the top priority of the shipping company. Nevertheless, she also reminded future users that using new technology like the Opera crypto browser is always risky.
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