Opera has announced the integration of Bitcoin, Nervos, Solana, Ronin, Celo, IXO, Polygon and StrakEx blockchains as part of its Crypto Browser project initiative, which seeks to provide Web3 to more than 380M users worldwide.
Opera introduced the Crypto Browser project in January 2022, a Web3-focused venture for navigating between decentralized apps (DApps), gaming, and metaverse platforms.
Bitcoin (BTC), Solana (SOL), Polygon (MATIC), StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos DAO, and IXO are among the eight prominent blockchain ecosystems that the browser maker has introduced support for as part of this endeavour.
Opera users now have access to the Polygon and Solana DApp ecosystems, as well as “the benefits of Layer 2 DeFi with StarkWare-powered DiversiFi,” according to the statement.
Opera users can now use StarkEx to access the Polygon proof-of-stake (POS) blockchain and Ethereum L2 ecosystem.
The goal of integrating several blockchains, according to the business, was to assure chain agnosticism and environmentally sustainable Web3 participation. EVP Mobile of Opera, Jorgen Arnesen, stated:
“Ultimately, Web3 is on its way to becoming a mainstream web technology and users won’t need to know they’re interacting with it. They need to get a superior user experience and a true benefit.”
One of the key reasons for adopting Polygon over the Ethereum blockchain is the requirement for carbon-neutral solutions with cheap gas expenses, as stated in the statement.
Brave looks to integrate the Solana blockchain
Opera is not the first browser to make the blockchain integration move as Brave, an Opera competitor, also revealed plans to incorporate Solana blockchain to boost its DApps capability in November 2021, although it has yet to be implemented.
Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave, stated about the partnership:
“With more and more users and creators requiring tools for fast and affordable access to the decentralized Web, this integration will seamlessly pave the way for the next billion crypto users to harness applications and tokens.”