Opera launches Crypto Browser beta, an app with integrated wallet that points to the Web3

Opera launches Crypto Browser beta, an app with integrated wallet that points to the Web3

Opera launches Crypto Browser beta

There is increasing talk of cryptocurrencies, especially due to the high value achieved by some of them, such as the famous Bitcoin and, recently, the explosion of NFT (Non Fungible Token) has certainly played an important role. Consequently, it has become more important to have a wallet (or wallet) available to keep one's virtual currencies, obtained as a result of exchanges or directly purchased. Thinking about the future, Opera has launched the beta version of its Crypto Browser application which, as the name implies, aims to offer a better experience with cryptocurrencies, integrating within it a wallet that will allow people to keep their cryptocurrencies and use decentralized applications without the need to employ a separate extension.

Photo Credit: Opera As reported by colleagues at Windows Central, the Crypto Browser beta is available now for Windows, macOS and Android, while it will also arrive in also followed on iOs. Opera's new project points to the future, having been designed for the Web3, ending indicating the next stage of web development, where apps will usually run on the blockchain rather than on individual servers and, in some cases, users will be able to earn. cryptocurrencies helping to host content.

Photo Credit: Opera if (jQuery ("# ​​crm_srl-th_hardware_d_mh2_1"). is (": visible")) {console.log ("Edinet ADV adding zone: tag crm_srl-th_hardware_d_mh2_1 slot id: th_hardware_d_mh2" ); } In practice, Web3 is built around cryptocurrencies and the decentralized Internet, with DApp (decentralized applications) and DeFi (decentralized finance). Obviously, for many people who have not yet dedicated themselves to certain topics these acronyms will say little, but apparently Opera is already taking a first step towards the web of the future. In case you want to learn more about what Web3 is, this comprehensive article on freeCodeCamp could help you, while you can download Opera Crypto Browser directly from the official website for Windows and macOS or for Android from Google Play.

Opera launches a dedicated crypto browser

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Opera has launched its Web3 “Crypto Browser” into beta with features like a built-in crypto wallet, easy access to cryptocurrency/NFT exchanges, support for decentralized apps (dApps) and more. The aim is to “simplify the Web3 user experience that is often bewildering for mainstream users,” Opera EVP Jorgen Arnensen said in statement.

A key feature is the built-in non-custodial wallet that will support blockchains including Ethereum, Bitcoin, Celo and Nervos from the get-go. It also announced partnerships with Polygon and others. The idea is to let you access your crypto without the need for any extensions, with the option of using third-party wallets as well. You can purchase cryptocurrencies via a fiat to crypto on-ramp, swap crypto directly in-wallet, send and receive it and check your wallet balance. It even has a secure clipboard that ensures other apps can’t data when you copy/paste.

The other primary function is support for Web3, aka blockchain-based decentralized internet, aka the buzzy new thing among crypto enthusiasts (and skeptics). On top of providing extra security via blockchain encryption, it allows users to access things like GameFi “where you can earn as you play your way through all sorts of metaverses,” Opera notes. It also offers a “Crypto Corner” with the latest blockchain news that also “lets you grow your Web3 skills,” according to Opera.

Opera’s rival Mozilla recently announced it would accept cryptocurrency donations, but was hit by a backlash from users including co-founder Jamie Zawinski over the environmental impact of blockchain. Perhaps anticipating a similar reaction, Opera said it was working toward implementing the more energy-efficient Etherium Layer 2 standard “as quickly as possible.”

Other companies like Ubisoft jumping on the blockchain train with NFTs and other offerings have been hit by similar criticism. However, Opera at least gives its users a choice with multiple browser options, as it also offers its regular Opera browser and one that’s dedicated to gamers. The Crypto Browser is now available for Android, Windows and Mac, with an iOS version coming soon.

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Engadget.

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