Opera hopes to lead Web 3.0 with new blockchain browser
Internet browser developer, Opera is introducing a new blockchain browser. The browser is built to surf the decentralized web, according to a Hard Fork report. The browser allows users to interact with decentralized apps [dApps]. It will also let users control digital identities and execute transactions.
Opera’s blockchain browser is after the introduction of an in-built cryptocurrency wallet. The newly designed browser is integrated with inbuilt cryptocurrency wallet. Therefore, the browser is the first among all browsers to have both cryptocurrency and blockchain features.
In September Opera opened the Android browser version to beta testers. Since then the company has been engaged in developing the browser. The updated version of the Android browser will only support Ethereum network. “We’ve decided to support Ethereum, as it has the largest community of developers building Dapps and has gathered a lot of momentum behind it,” project lead Charles Hamel told Hard Fork.
This implies that the in-built wallet of the browser can store Ethereum tokens as well as other ERC-20 tokens. Opera said that they are considering to add other cryptocurrencies based on other protocols according to the report.
Gaining an upper hand
The browser is specifically designed to be user-friendly. “One major hurdle in all this is that you need a special browser or special browser extensions to even start exploring the decentralized web and even then, users are faced with lots of new terminologies that is sometimes confusing,” said Hamel.
The browser also makes it easier to browse dApps on the Ethereum network. The dApp market in the cryptoverse is dwindling. The browser developer plans to drive adoption of dApps in the market.
Security is the key focus of the product, told Hamel. The browser employs Android’s secure key storage. The keys are protected using the device lock screen of the user, said the report. “This has two benefits. “First of all, the user doesn’t need to create a new PIN code to remember and secondly, we get the maximum security possible offered by the Android OS,” Hamel indicated.
The company is also planning to introduce a desktop version of the browser for Windows, Mac and Linux. The beta version of the desktop browser is already available. The security procedure employed by the desktop version is the same as the Android browser. The inbuilt crypto wallet is also made available on the desktop browser.
The new crypto browser aims to improve the adoption of Web 3.0 or decentralized web applications. They are also planning to integrate the browser with more Web 3.0 features. “There are still many interesting areas where the decentralized web needs to improve in the future and we intend to stay at the forefront,” told Hamel.
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