Open-source web browser Brave Software has announced a new partnership with the Solana blockchain project. At the ongoing Breakpoint Conference in Lisbon, Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave, announced that the company will integrate the Solana network into the Brave browser.
The partnership will see Brave provide default Solana ecosystem support to its over 42 million active monthly users, giving them direct access to Solana-native decentralized applications (DApps).
Brave will offer an in-built Solana wallet on its mobile and desktop browsers, with further integrations that allow users to send and receive Solana-native tokens, complete token swaps, and interact with non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The integrations are expected to roll out in the first half of 2022.
For its part, Solana will implement the Themis Protocol, a recent move by the Brave project to decentralize the advertising feature of its privacy-focused browser. Brave’s native token, BAT, also stands to benefit, since the partnership requires that Solana encourage developers to promote BAT on applications developed on the network.
The latest developments come off the back of increased adoption of Solana’s technology, which lures users with the promise of faster and cheaper transactions.
Commenting on the news, Anatoly Yakovenko, CEO of Solana Labs, noted that “Deep integration with browsers is key to helping DApps build the best web experiences,” and that the integration of Solana with all versions of the Brave browser “is an important step to onboard the next billion users to Solana.”
Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave, shared similar sentiments, saying:
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.
Brave did note in its announcement that it will continue to support Ethereum, which was previously the default network for its wallet. The browser will also seek to integrate with other blockchains in a bid to promote mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies.