Opera has launched the iOS version of its Crypto Browser, designed to access Web3, with an integrated non-custodial crypto wallet.
The browser was previously available on Windows, Mac, and Android devices.
Opera says it built this browser for those already familiar with cryptocurrencies as well as newcomers. The app’s built-in crypto wallet supports Ethereum, Polygon and Celo blockchain technology and Opera plans to integrate more ecosystems. Users can buy crypto using fiat currency and exchange, and send and receive supported tokens. Users can also integrate their existing crypto wallets, provided they are compatible with the Ethereum virtual machine, into the browser’s built-in wallet.
The Crypto Browser app also includes a feature called Crypto Corner, which brings together crypto news and information, as well as events, airdrops, and podcasts, to help users stay up-to-date on technology.
One of the Crypto Browser’s goals is to make browsing Web3 as easy as Web 2, Opera explains. With the Crypto Browser, users can access web3 NFTs and decentralized applications, including 7,000 services supported by Polygon.
“Interest in Web3 continues to grow,” Jorgen Arnesen, executive vice president of Mobile at Opera, said in a statement. “The Opera Crypto Browser project was designed to simplify the Web3 user experience that has often been confusing for mainstream users. Opera believes that Web3 must be easy to use in order to reach its full potential and mass adoption.
The browser also comes with security features such as an ad tracker, pop-up blocker, and cookie dialog blocker. It also uses cryptocurrency mining protection to block cryptojacking scripts.
To address environmental concerns about blockchain’s high power consumption, Opera said it was working on integrating Ethereum Layer 2 solutions, which are believed to reduce the technology’s environmental impact. In February, Opera announced that it had integrated Layer 2 into the Android Crypto Browser app. The iOS app also implements Layer 2 technology.
Update, April 15, 11:24 a.m. EST: The article has been updated to include Ethereum Level 2 integration is involved in the iOS Crypto Browser app.