Opera Crypto Browser integrates MetaMask in time for Ethereum merger
Opera Crypto Browser, the Web3-based web browser that supports decentralized blockchain applications, from Opera Software now supports the MetaMask crypto wallet, the company announced on Tuesday, ahead of the highly anticipated Ethereum Merge upgrade that will should be completed tonight.
Opera launched the Crypto Browser in January to give users easy and direct access to Web3 technologies such as blockchain-based cryptocurrencies, apps, non-fungible tokens, games and metaverse apps without the need for additional apps.
Web3 is the name given to the next iteration of the web, called the decentralized web, based on blockchain technology where applications run peer-to-peer without the need for centralized services and support token economies. Wallets are essential to enter these economies.
MetaMask is one of the most popular crypto wallets on the market with over 10 million monthly users as of August 2021. It is now supported by the crypto browser along with hundreds of other wallets. Users can select any wallet they want with a new Wallet Sector feature, as long as they are available as Opera or Chrome extensions.
Opera chose to launch this feature ahead of an event with Ethereum, the second-largest blockchain by market capitalization, which will replace its energy-intensive “proof-of-work” validation system with a “proof-of-stake” system, known as merger. This will reduce the amount of energy used by the blockchain by over 99% and prepare it for future upgrades that will make it more scalable and secure.
“The upcoming merge is the most significant technology update in crypto history that will move Ethereum from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake, making it more scalable, secure, durable, and ready for people to use. the general public. user,” said Susie Batt, head of crypto ecosystem at Opera. “Opera is the only browser truly ready for this change and the only one giving web users all the tools they need to try out Web3 in a safe environment.”
The crypto browser also provides features that make it easier for users to use Web3 decentralized applications, called dapps, with their wallets. It seamlessly integrates and resolves human-readable wallet domain names using crypto handles such as “[email protected]” and Ethereum Name Service domains such as “example.eth”.
Additionally, Opera Crypto Browser has partnered with DappRadar, a service that tracks and analyzes dapps to produce valuable metrics on markets, behaviors, details, and other information, to provide users with access to more of 11,000 decentralized applications.
All of these apps are now accessible through the crypto browser as easily as they would be through any other browser, through the address bar. Users identify themselves using one of their wallets, accessible through the wallet selector.
“Developing the world’s first cryptographic browser is an achievement of our goals to provide the tools that enable open access to Web3,” Batt said. “Not only have we provided a gateway to Web3, but we’ve also simplified many day-to-day processes native to the crypto space that previously could confuse the average web user.
Opera Crypto browser is available for download on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac. The portfolio selector is available on desktop versions of the browser.