Opera, one of the most popular crypto-friendly internet browsers, announced the integration of eight blockchains as part of its ongoing endeavor to provide Web3 to more than 380 million mobile and desktop users globally.
Opera introduced the Crypto Browser project in January 2022, a Web3-focused venture aimed at enabling browsing across decentralized apps (DApp), gaming, and metaverse platforms. As part of this effort, the browser business enabled support for eight key blockchain ecosystems: Bitcoin, Solana, Polygon, StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos Network, and IXO.
According to the release, 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.
The most recent integrations allow Opera users to use StarkEx to gain access to the Polygon proof-of-stake blockchain and the Ethereum layer-2 ecosystem. The objective behind integrating various blockchains, according to the business, was to assure chain agnosticism and Web3 inclusion in an environmentally sustainable manner. According to Jrgen Arnesen, EVP mobile at Opera:
“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.”
Opera competitor Brave browser stated intentions to incorporate the Solana blockchain in November 2021 to boost its DApp capacity, which has yet to be implemented.