Opera unveils Web3-browser with built-In crypto wallet

Opera has unveiled its “Crypto Browser Project,” offering users direct access to Web3 services with beta versions on Windows, Mac, and Android.

With this project, the company enables users to browse decentralised apps (dapps), games, and metaverse platforms easier than before. According to Opera, the new beta offering caters to the crypto-native and the crypto-curious, placing Web3 front and center in the browsing experience.

The browser also comes equipped with a news and data aggregator, dubbed “Crypto Corner” — a dedicated space with information including crypto news, crypto-asset prices, and gas fees, in addition to crypto events, airdrops, and even podcasts.

According to the company, a built-in noncustodial wallet will initially support Ethereum in beta but will soon extend interoperability across the major networks and naming systems through partnerships with Polygon, Solana, Nervos, Celo, Unstoppable Domains, Handshake, ENS, and many more to be announced.

The wallet supports both fungible ERC-20 standards and non-fungible standards including ERC-721 tokens with ERC-1155 coming in Q1 2022.

It also allows users to purchase crypto via a built-in fiat-to-crypto on-ramp, as well as facilitate direct crypto-to-crypto swaps. Users can also check their crypto balance and gas prices, and even access a built-in NFT gallery.

Jorgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera, says:

The interest in Web3 continues to grow, but none of the existing web browsing experiences offered today are built to create a seamless and secure user experience in the decentralised web. Opera’s Crypto Browser Project promises a simpler, faster, more private Web3 experience for users. It simplifies a Web3 user experience that is often bewildering for mainstream users. Opera believes Web3 has to be easy to use for the decentralized web to reach its full potential.

We are releasing our beta to the world to get feedback from the crypto community and to build it together moving forward.