Introducing Opera’s New Web3 Crypto Browser Project Now Available In Public Beta For Windows, Mac, & Android

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Hello, We have some exciting news for Web3 crypto browser enthusiasts out there. Today, we’re unveiling our new Crypto Browser Project, with beta versions of the new web browser immediately available for PC, Mac, and mobile phones, delivering a new web experience with Web3 at its core.

We originally launched the first web browser with an integrated cryptocurrency wallet and basic Web3 support back in 2018, but today’s beta release of the Crypto Browser Project marks the beginning of a new journey. 

With today’s step, we are providing our users and the industry with a dedicated Web3 browser, backed by a strong product team, to accelerate the evolution of the next generation of the Web. 

To Shape Its Future, Web3 Requires A Dedicated Web3 Crypto Browser

There is no doubt that decentralization has been an increasingly relevant aspect of the internet experience for years now. 

Web3 Needs A Dedicated Browser To Shape Its Future 

As interest for a more decentralized Web keeps growing, we have chosen to take an active role in shaping what the next generation of the Web looks like and how it will be accessed. Browsers will continue to play a crucial role in the decentralized internet and today’s beta release reflects that. 

Too few of the web browsing experiences offered today have been built to put Web3 centerstage and make blockchain technologies understandable and easy to use. With the Crypto Browser Project, we have set out to change this, and starting today, we are inviting the blockchain community to join this mission. 

If we are to take Web3 beyond great ideas, we need to craft products that embrace both crypto enthusiasts who understand the space and those who are only starting and want to explore it. We believe that the world of blockchain needs a fully dedicated browsing experience.

At A Glance: Latest News, Podcasts, Airdrops, & Events

The Opera Crypto Browser Project is about more than just surfing traditional websites through a one-size-fits-all solution. 

Latest News, Podcasts, Airdrops, And Events At A Glance

It’s specifically designed to work with a variety of decentralized apps, or dApps, as well as provide deeper functionality than a traditional browser that has a basic web wallet add-on. This is possible thanks to a wide array of built-in, web3 focused features, as well as the inherent speed that Chromium already offers in the suite of Opera browsers. 

For starters, the Crypto Corner gives you access to the latest blockchain news, upcoming airdrops, an industry events calendar, NFTs, crypto communities, educational content, podcasts, and videos as well as crypto prices, gas fees, and market sentiment – all in one spot. 

Secure Clipboard And Native Non-Custodial Crypto Wallet

The browser also includes a new native non-custodial crypto wallet which allows you to access your crypto or sign in to apps directly from the browser, without installing any extensions. 

Native Non-Custodial Crypto Wallet And Secure Clipboard

This provides additional security as both the browser and the wallet, which will be released as open-source soon, have been developed by the same trusted teams in Sweden and Poland. 

Still want to use another wallet, such as Metamask? It will of course work in the PC browser – we have even implemented a new wallet selector tool to make this experience smooth. 

With the Crypto Browser, you are also getting a secure clipboard that allows you to safely copy and paste. By securely monitoring itself, the clipboard makes sure no other apps have modified your wallet address or other sensitive data. 

You’ll also enjoy Opera’s free, no-log browser VPN, native ad-blocker, and tracker blocker, but with the added access to Web3 websites and dApps – directly from the browser’s address bar!

This experience will only get better as we progress towards the official launch of our browser in the coming months and as we add more features including Layer 2 support for growing networks. 

Taking The Web3 Experience To The Next Level

Bringing The Web3 Experience To A New Level

The internet of today is working well. It provides us with incredible experiences, social interactions, as well as an information flow we couldn’t have imagined 20 years ago. However, privacy and centralization in the hands of the few are areas where the current web isn’t delivering.

Web3, or the blockchain-based internet, promises to challenge these issues. Over the last decade, blockchain technologies have established themselves as a robust, privacy-focused alternative to centralized platforms while creating enormous value thanks to their ease of use and decentralization. 

Web3 is the evolution of this: it empowers internet users and developers with the ability to address fundamental issues with the current web, making the future more open and decentralized. 

Thanks to the power of the strong encryption that blockchains provide, Web3 can finally provide a safe way for anyone to get involved in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

From Decentralized Finance (Defi) – where you are your bank, to Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) – the amazing new realm of Digital Art, and GameFi – where you can earn as you play your way through all sorts of the metaverse. The Wide World of Web3 is now at your fingertips.

Opera’s Web3 Adventure

Opera isn’t new to the Web3 space. In 2018, we launched the world’s first browser with a built-in crypto wallet. 

pera’s Journey Into Web3 

Since then, we have continued to push forward, removing some key hurdles associated with the use of crypto, including making crypto top-ups seamless and available directly in the wallet, and allowing you to send crypto and NFTs directly to other people. 

We have also integrated multiple blockchains, including Ethereum, Bitcoin, Celo, and Nervous, and announced partnerships with Handshake, NEAR, Polygon and Solana.

Today, we are taking our Web3 effort a step further by allowing you to test experimental browsers on Android, Mac, and Windows that will become our flagships for you to interact with Web3. 

How To Get Started

To try out Web3, you first have to download the Opera Crypto Browser on Android, Windows, or Mac (iOS coming soon). You can then create your Opera wallet or use an existing wallet if you already have one (the restore function). 

Use this feedback link or the comments section under this blog post to let us know what you think! 

See you on Web3!

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