A new version of Opera’s Crypto Browser has been released for iOS, designed for accessing web3 and building a non-custodial crypto wallet. It was previously available on Windows, Mac, and Android devices.
Opera says they built the browser for cryptocurrency aficionados as well as for new users. Opera intends to integrate more blockchain ecosystems with its built-in crypto wallet. The app supports Ethereum, Polygon, and Celo blockchain technology. The service allows users to buy crypto using fiat currency and exchange it, as well as send and receive supported tokens. In addition, users can integrate their existing crypto wallets into the browser’s built-in wallet if they’re compatible with Ethereum Virtual Machine.
“The interest in Web3 is continuing to grow,” Jorgen Arnesen, executive vice president of Mobile at Opera, said in a statement. “The Opera Crypto Browser Project was built to simplify the Web3 user experience that has often been bewildering for mainstream users. Opera believes Web3 has to be easy to use in order to reach its full potential and mass adoption.”
About the Crypto Browser
As part of the Crypto Browser, an additional feature called Crypto Corner provides users with news and information about crypto, along with events, airdrops, and podcasts, to keep them up to date on the technology.
In addition to security features, the browser includes an ad tracker, a pop-up blocker, and a cookie dialogue blocker. Cryptojacking scripts are also blocked by the browser using cryptocurrency mining protection.
To address environmental concerns about the high energy usage of blockchain, Opera said it was working on integrating Ethereum Layer 2 solutions, which are supposed to reduce the environmental impact of the technology. In February, Opera announced that it had integrated Layer 2 into the Crypto Browser Android app. The iOS app also implements Layer 2 technology.
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.”
Opera became the first online browser to incorporate Web3 accessibility and a built-in bitcoin wallet in 2018. As part of its serious engagement with the “next generation of the internet,” the platform announced last month that it was supporting eight major blockchains, including Solana, Polygon, StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervous, IXO, and Bitcoin.
The move was touted as the platform’s “big leap towards web3“. The EVP Mobile at Opera, Jorgen Arnesen, proclaimed then that Web3 will eventually become “a standard web technology, and consumers won’t even realize they are using it. They want a greater user experience and a genuine advantage.”