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Opera’s browser wallet to support Solana

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The developers of Opera web browser announced the integration of support for Solana blockchain in the first half of 2022.

“Opera has been providing Web 3.0 support and a built-in crypto wallet in its browsers in both mobile and desktop versions since 2018. […] The Solana blockchain provides fast transactions with low fees; that will help attract more people to Web 3.0 and decentralized finance (DeFi),” the press release says.

Furthermore, at the first stage, developers implemented new functions in Opera for Android.

The Brave wallet

Recall that previously in November, it became known that the privacy-oriented browser Brave integrates support for Solana. The implementation is also planned for the first half of next year. Brave Wallet is a self-custody cryptocurrency wallet; incorporated within the Brave desktop browser, that allows users to store and acquire cryptocurrencies like Ether (ETH).

Moreover, the new wallet replaces Brave’s MetaMask extension fork dubbed Crypto Wallets, according to Brian Bondy, CTO and co-founder of Brave. The new version was “developed from the ground up, integrated inside the Brave Browser,” according to the CTO.

As part of its functionality, the Brave Wallet allows users to transact in “virtually any cryptocurrency asset”. Including Polygon, xDai, Avalanche, and others in the Ethereum Virtual Machine. BTC (Bitcoin) support is in the works and will be available later, Bondy said. In addition, the Brave Wallet will integrate the Solana blockchain in 2022 as the company plans to add more blockchains to its browser.

Web 3.0-ready browser with a built-in Ethereum wallet for Android and iOS

Earlier in December 2018, Opera introduced a Web 3.0-ready browser with a built-in Ethereum wallet for Android. “Until now, the use of cryptocurrencies and access to Web 3.0 required special applications or extensions, making it difficult even to try to test it all. Our new browser eliminates these interferences,” Charles Hamel, Opera’s Cryptocurrency Product Lead, wrote on the company’s blog. Six months later, they released a version for iOS.

In July 2020, the company announced that 170,000 people use its cryptocurrency product every month.

In early 2021, the Simplex payment processor announced that it would help Opera integrate the digital asset purchase gateway. According to the press release, users will be able to instantly buy and sell cryptocurrency directly in the browser with “competitive commissions”.

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