In a gradual deployment across its apps and web browsers, Opera intends to introduce in-browser crypto wallet compatibility for eight more blockchains.
Ethereum will be joined by Solana, Polygon, StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos, IXO, and Bitcoin, according to the Norwegian business. Susie Batt, Crypto Ecosystem Lead at Opera, told CoinDesk that the desktop crypto browser can now visit Polygon and will “soon” integrate with the rest. All are accessible on Android, but there is no timetable for iOS.
Opera isn’t the only crypto-focused browser counting on a surge in Web 3 users. Brave has also created a built-in crypto wallet, with ambitions to support additional blockchains in the future. These efforts would provide their users with more options to communicate with other decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystems, such as layer 2 or partner chains.
“Providing ecologically conscious solutions for our users is a fundamental purpose for Opera, and shifting activities to layer 2 goes a long way toward decreasing users’ carbon footprint,” Batt wrote in an email. “We see this as a possible stumbling hurdle to widespread Web 3 adoption.”
Since 2018, Opera, one of the first web browsers, has been developing crypto solutions for its 350 million users. In January, it published a beta version of its specialized “Crypto Browser Project.”
Blockchain networks are not risk-free. Ronin’s announcement of a $625 million attack on Tuesday raises concerns about safety and security, particularly on token bridges.
“Our users’ privacy and security are our top priorities,” Batt said, adding that users should be aware of the risks associated with an ecosystem that is still in its infancy.