Leading web browser Opera has rolled out the iOS version of their crypto browser, designed to meet the needs of crypto experts as well as onboard newbies to Web3, with a non-custodial crypto wallet built-in. Opera released the first public beta version of their new Crypto Browser Project for mobile and desktop in mid-January 2022 which was previously available on Windows, Mac, and Android devices.
The blog announced that the app’s built-in crypto wallet supports Ethereum, Polygon, and Celo blockchain technology and Opera plans to integrate more ecosystems in near future.
In terms of its functionality, the team claimed that users can buy crypto using fiat currency and exchange, and send and receive supported tokens. Besides that, they can also integrate their existing crypto wallets, provided they’re compatible with Ethereum Virtual Machine, into the browser’s built-in wallet.
The browser comes with security features like an ad tracker, pop-up blocker, and cookie dialogue blocking. It also uses cryptocurrency mining protection to block crypto-jacking scripts.
Apart from that, Opera also introduces a news and data aggregator called Crypto Corner, which focused on providing real-time crypto information and updates, asset prices, and gas fees, as well as crypto events, airdrops, and even podcasts.
Opera’s love affair with Web3
In 2018, Opera became the first online browser to incorporate a built-in bitcoin wallet with Web3 accessibility. The platform’s serious rendezvous with the “next generation of the internet” began last month when the firm announced enabling support for eight major blockchains including Solana, Polygon, StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos, IXO, and Bitcoin.
The move was touted as the platform’s “big leap towards web3“. EVP Mobile at Opera, Jorgen Arnesen, at the time proclaimed, that Web3 will eventually become a “standard web technology, and consumers won’t even realize they’re dealing with it. They want a greater user experience and a genuine advantage.”
Speaking on the latest launch, Arnesen said,
“The interest in Web3 is continuing to grow. The Opera Crypto Browser Project was built to simplify the Web3 user experience that has often been bewildering for mainstream users. We believe Web3 has to be easy to use in order to reach its full potential and mass adoption.”