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Opera now supports Bitcoin, Polygon, Solana, and 5 other crypto ecosystems Opera now supports Bitcoin, Polygon, Solana, and 5 other crypto ecosystems

Opera now supports Bitcoin, Polygon, Solana, and 5 other crypto ecosystems

Over 380 million of active Opera users can now โ€œbenefit from blockchains and decentralized apps and services.โ€

Opera now supports Bitcoin, Polygon, Solana, and 5 other crypto ecosystems

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Opera, the developer of its eponymous multi-platform web browser, added support for eight major blockchains today as part of its โ€œgiant leap into web3.โ€

โ€œOpera, the company behind the worldโ€™s first native web3 browser with built-in crypto wallet, today announced adding support for several major blockchain ecosystems, including Solana, Polygon, StarkEx, Ronin, Celo, Nervos, IXO and Bitcoin,โ€ the company revealed in its blog.

Per the announcement, the integration will allow users to โ€œget access to the vast ecosystem of Polygon or Solana dApps or the benefits of Layer 2 DeFi via StarkWare-powered DiversiFi.โ€ Additionally, Axie Infinity players can manage their non-fungible token-based creatures by accessing the Ethereum-based Ronin Network (which, ironically, was hacked for over $615 million just yesterday).

The launch has also extended usersโ€™ access to proof-of-stake blockchain as well as Ethereumโ€™s Layer-2 solutions Polygon and StarkEx, Opera said, adding:

โ€œBy gaining entry to these blockchains, users can benefit from lower gas fees and faster transactions while minimizing their carbon footprint and still leveraging Ethereumโ€™s robust decentralization and security.โ€

Overall, the integration of multiple major blockchains and Layer-2 networks at once โ€œis a key strategy in Operaโ€™s mission to remain chain agnosticโ€ and enable millions of its users to access Web3 โ€œin an environmentally-conscious way.โ€

โ€œUltimately, Web3 is on its way to becoming a mainstream web technology and users wonโ€™t need to know theyโ€™re interacting with it. They need to get a superior user experience and a true benefit,โ€ added Jorgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera.

As CryptoSlate reported, Opera commenced beta testing of its dedicated Crypto Browser in late January. With an integrated cryptocurrency wallet and web3 support, Operaโ€™ Crypto Browser Project is designed to work with a variety of decentralized applications. The browser also provides a so-called Crypto Corner, granting users access to the latest blockchain news, airdrops and events.