Major internet browser Opera will soon add support for eight different blockchains to its built-in crypto wallet, furthering its mission to remain chain agnostic, the company said in a blog post on 30 March.
According to the announcement, the browser company has decided to add support for Bitcoin (BTC), Solana (SOL), Polygon (MATIC), StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos, and IXO. These blockchains have already been made available on Opera’s Android app, while its desktop version supports only Polygon for now. While the company has plans to add support for the rest in the near future, it gave no timeline for its iOS app. Jorgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera, said in a statement:
“Ever since we started in the Web3 space in 2018, we’ve been sealing partnerships with the most popular and cutting edge blockchains and web3 domain name providers in order to accelerate crypto’s evolution from proof of concept towards mass adoption. 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.”
Adding support for multiple blockchains is part of Opera’s Web3-focused initiative called the “Crypto Browser Project”, the beta of which was launched back in January. The new browser was designed to improve the use experience when browsing decentralized apps, games, and metaverse platforms by offering direct access to Web3 services. Today’s move will give users more opportunities to interact with different decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystems, including layer 2 chains.
Solana is not the only crypto-friendly browser to offer users easy access to Web3. Back in November, Opera’s competitor browser Brave announced a Solana blockchain integration to strengthen its dApps capabilities. A month later the company also launched a beta version of its built-in crypto wallet, providing users with a “high-performance and highly secure crypto wallet across all their devices”.