The Bitcoin network, Ethereum scaler Polygon, and Solana are among the eight additional blockchains that Opera now supports.

Web Browser Opera Adds Support for Bitcoin, Polygon, Solana

Opera, a popular web browser, announced today that it will support up to eight additional blockchain networks, making it easier to access decentralised programmes (dApps) and services.

Popular projects such as Bitcoin, Polygon, and Solana, as well as StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos, and the Cosmos-based IXO, are among them.

Polygon dApps are now available on Android, desktop PCs, and Android via the company's revolutionary Web3-native browser, the Crypto Browser Project.

Opera released a public beta version of their new Crypto Browser Project for mobile and desktop devices earlier this year. The Crypto Browser Project is a stand-alone browser that has built-in dApp compatibility as well as a non-custodial cryptocurrency wallet. Crypto Corner, a hub for the latest crypto news, prices, gas fees, and market sentiment, as well as scheduled airdrops, educational content, and an events calendar, is also included.

Solana, StarkEx, Deversifi, IXO, Ronin, Nervos, Bitcoin, and Celo are presently exclusively available on Opera for Android, but will be included to the Crypto Browser Project in the next months.

"The average web user may still be hesitant to dabble with Web3, but with the integration of Solana, Polygon, and other technologies in our mobile browser, they can now access these technologies from the safety and familiarity of a browser that provides them with a dedicated Web3 experience," said Jorgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera.

Since 1995, Opera has been one of the most popular web browsers. In July 2018, the startup released its first web browser with an integrated Ethereum wallet and basic Web3 functionality, allowing users to access a number of ERC-20 tokens used to power dApps as well as ERC-721 tokens used to create digital collectibles (NFTs)

Opera joins the multi-chain revolution.

Layer-2 ecosystems, according to the Oslo-based startup, are a crucial strategy in its quest to remain chain agnostic and enrol millions of users to Web3. Blockchain networks that are created off of a bigger mainnet (or "layer 1"), such as Ethereum, are referred to as "layer-2." These networks can scale significantly faster by shifting activities off the mainnet.

Layer-2 crypto networks include Polygon, Ronin, and StarkEx, to name a few. Axie Infinity, a popular "play-to-earn" crypto game, is likewise powered by Ronin.

Solana, according to Opera, is a potential blockchain participant because it not only has tremendous scalability and extremely low transaction costs, but it also has an energy-efficient consensus model.

Solana is more energy-efficient because it uses a proof-of-stake (PoS) which leverages validators rather than miners to validate transactions on the network. Instead of large machine farms running 24/7, validators are incentivized to behave honestly by staking crypto in the network. If they act fraudulently, they will be penalized and lose some of that staked crypto.

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