Opera integrates Bitcoin, Solana, Polygon and five other blockchains

Opera, one of the leading crypto-friendly internet browsers, has announced the integration of eight blockchains in an ongoing effort to bring Web3 to more than 380 million mobile and desktop users worldwide.

In January 2022, Opera launched the Crypto Browser project, a Web3-focused initiative to facilitate navigation between decentralized applications (DApp), games, and metaverse platforms. As part of this initiative, the browser company has added support for eight major blockchain ecosystems, including Bitcoin (BTC), Solana (SOL), Polygon (MATIC), StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos DAO and IXO.

Opera said in the announcement that its users can now access the Polygon and Solana DApp ecosystems, as well as “the benefits of Layer 2 DeFi over StarkWare-powered DiversiFi.”

The latest integrations enable Opera users to access Polygon proof-of-stake (POS) blockchain and the Ethereum L2 ecosystem via StarkEx.

Opera’s Crypto Browser Project. Source: Opera

According to the company, the intent behind integrating multiple blockchains was to ensure chain agnosticism and Web3 engagement in an environmentally sound manner. Jorgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera stated:

“Eventually, Web3 is on its way to becoming a mainstream web technology and users don’t need to know they’re interacting with it. They need to get a superior user experience and a real benefit.”

The announcement further highlighted the need for carbon neutral solutions with low gas costs, which is one of the main reasons for choosing Polygon over the Ethereum blockchain.

Related: Brave To Integrate With Solana Blockchain On Its Privacy Enabled Browser

In November 2021, Opera competitor Brave browser integrated the Solana blockchain to bolster its DApps capability.

Referring to the partnership, Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave said:

“With more and more users and creators needing tools for fast and affordable access to the decentralized web, this integration will seamlessly pave the way for the next billion crypto users to leverage applications and tokens.”

Brave has yet to announce the addition of multi-chain support to match growing competition.

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