- Opera released the beta version of its new crypto browser on Jan 19.
- The browser includes a native wallet, a Crypto Corner, and a free VPN.
- The browser’s secure clipboard allows users to safety copy and paste sensitive data.
Opera introduced its new Web3 initiative on Jan 19, which it calls its new Crypto Browser Project. The new browser is designed with both crypto enthusiasts and crypto newbies in mind.
The new crypto browser includes an array of built-in, Web3-focused features such as a native non-custodial wallet.
With the support ETH, ERC-20, ERC-721 tokens and ERC-1155 in the pipeline for Q1, the wallet will allow users to purchase crypto with Visa or Mastercard via Ramp, and then head to NFT marketplaces to start shopping. The wallet will also allow users to swap, send and receive crypto directly in the wallet, as well as check wallet balance and gas fees.
Users can also sign into dApps directly from the browser. Those who prefer using other wallets can also do so with the browser.
With the browser, users will get a secure clipboard that allows them to safely copy and paste wallet addresses. The secure self-monitoring clipboard ensures that third-parties cannot modify wallet addresses and any other sensitive data, thereby preventing theft.
There is also a Crypto Corner, where users can access an NFT gallery, the latest blockchain news, upcoming airdrops, an industry events calendar, NFTs, crypto communities, educational content, podcasts and videos as well as crypto prices, gas fees and market sentiment all in one spot.
Opera is among the first to implement an NFT gallery feature in its browser, just like Coinbase did in December last year.
This isn’t Opera’s first crypto browser though. In 2018, Opera launched what it claims to be the world’s first browser with a built-in crypto wallet, which has since integrated multiple blockchains, including Ethereum, Bitcoin, Celo and Nervos.
Opera’s new crypto wallet will eventually replace the wallet solution in its other browsers.
Prior to the launch of the Crypto Browser Project in beta, Opera announced partnerships with NEAR, Polygon and Solana to enable Layer 2 capabilities and integrate dApp access in the new browser.
With the Crypto Browser Project, Opera is pursuing a multi-chain strategy in embracing as many dApp and domain name partnerships as possible to make Web3 simpler for its users. It has partnered with Unstoppable Domains, Handshake and ENS with the ultimate goal to integrate these decentralized domain naming systems into its crypto browser.
The browser is now available to download for Android, Windows and Mac. The iOS version will become available in the near future.
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