Opera has offered support for Solana Labs, and yesterday publicly announced an upcoming partnership. The browser will add built-in support for the popular blockchain to support decentralised applications (dApps) and a wallet in the browser.
Yesterday, 10th December, the Opera team announced via Twitter that the integration will be completed during the first quarter of 2022. By that time, users will have access to all the benefits of blockchain without any restrictions. This will apply to both PC and mobile versions of the browser.
Opera has long shown interest in Solana. Since 2018, the browser has actively supported cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology and Web 3.0. However, news of the upcoming partnership has not generated interest in the market. On Friday, the company’s shares closed the trading session at $7.24, losing 4.36% of their price over the day. A similar situation occurred with the SOL token, which by the end of the day was worth 7.86% less than at the start of trading.
Unlike Web 1.0, where content was most often provided in a one-page site format, and Web 2.0, which used centralised platforms, Web 3.0 relies on blockchain technology for interaction. Notable examples of Web 3.0 focused developments include Sapien, UjoMusic, Storj, Filecoin, Hive and Minds.
For a while, the undisputed king of crypto-browsers was Brave. Its team developed its own blockchain and BAT token. This digital currency serves as the backbone of the ecosystem, and is used to reward users for viewing ads and encourage creators of high-quality content.
Opera has taken a more pragmatic approach. The team did not develop their own cryptocurrency and blockchain, but their browser cleverly adapted to Web 3.0. By partnering with Solana, Opera will open up access to cryptocurrency wallets, and start supporting dApps and other features aimed at blockchain adoption.
Perhaps Opera will soon become the leader among crypto-browsers. Let’s look forward to the updates to see for ourselves the browser’s usability and functionality.
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